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Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture
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Copyright: Mitja Vodeb (lenartzala) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 22] (112)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D, Minolta AF 75-300
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-06 9:30
Viewed: 3244
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a repost photo made from original posted a few days ago.
I just cropped the original to loose the overexposed left corner and add some sharpening and contrast.

Griffon vulture or eurasian vulture (gyps fulvus)
This one has beed captured in Ljubljana Zoo, otherwise it resides on a list of endangered species.
There are two males and a female in this Zoo.
They live in southern Europe from Spain and Portugal to Turkey and can be found also in the Middle East and all the way to China.
The population is unstable and in 2002 census almost 18000 birds resided in Spain, the other 2000 divided to France, Portugal, Croatia, Sardinia, Greece, Turkey...
It's a magnificent bird, quite a big with up to 110 cm body lenght, up to 265 cm wingspan and 13 kilos.
Griffon is slowly meandering up in the skies and since it doesn't smell, can locate the food (carrion) by other animals movement. It also doesn't kill the prey and doesn't touch a prey which is still alive.
Once eating it can eat up to 5 kilos of carrion at once. How can then fly is another question.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-06 17:01]

Yes, much better Mitja - now we can concentrate on the main part of the bird - his head and wonderful neck feathers. Very good show, he looks really good without the shining area in the background.
Well done
Interesting notes too, thank you.

Hello Mitja,
I think the bird gives a great pose, and you capture it well!
I like the tight framing and the fine details in the plumage, backlight is nice...
Pin sharp focus on eyes, well done!
Pablo -

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