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Gyps fulvus

Gyps fulvus
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-01 14:37
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is a Griffon vulture; correct me if I'm wrong.
Forgot to burn a bit his highlights; his 'shoulder'.
For Manyee: I don't know if it's an alpha male or not:-) nevertheless I dedicate this one to you after showing me your alpha male; and I refuse to go in competition with the latter:-).
Good weekend for the TrekNature community as well!

The Griffon Vulture, Gyps fulvus is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks.

It breeds on crags in mountains in southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia, laying one egg. Griffons may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident. Griffon Vultures have been re-introduced successfully into the Massif Central in France. In Italy, the species survived only in Sardinia, but was re-introduced in a few other areas of the peninsula. As a result, several specimens been spotted again in August 2006 on the Gran Sasso massif (central Italy). A colony of Griffon vultures can also be found near the town of Beli on the island of Cres in Croatia. Because of this, the Griffon vulture has the most subspecies of any vulture.

Camera Model
Shooting Date/Time
3/02/2007 13:18:27
Shooting Mode
Shutter-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
Av( Aperture Value )
Metering Mode
Evaluative Metering
Exposure Compensation
ISO Speed
70.0 - 200.0mm
Focal Length


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-03-01 15:30]

Bonsoir Annick
très belle composition, cadrage profondeur de champs et netteté. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-01 15:32]

Hi Annick.
What a nice POV and terrific reproduction of plumage of this cute bird. I also like your hold composition and cropping as well as the impressive BG which underlines the beauty of the bird perfectly. Very interesting work. My best regards and TFS.

bonjour Annick,

superbe portrait de cette oiseau mais dit moi tu est rentré dans la volière :-)

belle netteté et détail bravo


No es el buitre un ave por la que sienta mucha "simpatía" pero este que has presentado aquí tiene una pinta realmente estupenda: perfectos detalles, con esa luz preciosa y ese BG que hace resaltar este "retrato".
Un trabajo de mucha calidad.
Ciao, JL.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-03-01 16:22]

Hi Annick
Razor sharp. Brilliant eye. Great background. James

Beautifully captured, a delightful image - good detail and exposure on the whites.
Well done...

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-01 21:33]

Hello Annick,
Exceptional details in this beautiful closeup the eye is superb, thanks Annick.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-02 1:59]

Oh Annick, thank you for dedicating this griffon vulture to me. : )
He is beautiful... Much prettier than my alpha male. Haha...
Great angle for this profile. A very dignified bearing.
Stunning details, especially around the eye.
The eye is sooo bright.
OE on the shoulder notwithstanding, I think you handled the exposure very well.
A gorgeous capture. Thank you again, : )

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-02 2:38]

Hola Annick,
maravilloso y original pov.
detalles excelentes...
precioso bg.

Hi Annick,
Razor sharp image.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-02 6:19]

Hello Annick,
Lovely catch.Details,POV,BG,expression on face and composition are excellent.

Hello Annick,
This is an EXCELLENT portrait. The texture of its feathers is just amazing; they seem so soft! This lightning, POV, composition, exposure and this blue BG are beautiful! I love the light in its eye and you managed very well with this pale color. This is very well done, congratulations!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-02 7:29]

Hi Annick

This is really a splendid capture!
In my opinion, there is no need for burning the highlights on the "shoulder"...you'll loose some of this amazing contrast between the vulture and the dark blue sky (which is just terrific!)
Also the pose of the bird and your POV here are exceptional and the warm light does wonders, too.
Very good sharp details and a great DOF maangement, as well.
Splendid work!

Cheers, TFS and a great weekend!

Hi Annick,

This really has an excellent exposure on the cream colored tonal variations. Also the details on the plumage stands out with high quality. Very well done. :)

Hi Annick

Lovely light in this shot. I like the POV. I do like head shots of birds. Clear plumage details. Nice work MF... thank you! :-)

Salut Annick,

Très belle photo! Le point de vue, la profondeur de champs, l'exposition, la composition, la netteté sont tous excellent! Le contraste que fait le fond bleu avec le sujet mais bien en évidence ce dernier. J'adore vraiment cette photo.

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