Eurasian griffon Vulture
|Copyright: Lior Almagor (LiorAlmagor)
|Date Taken: 2006-10-31|
|Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-02-10 2:46|
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|Kingdom: Animalia |
Species: Gyps fulvus
The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae.
The Griffon Vulture is 93–110 cm (37–43 in) long with a 2.3–2.8 m (7.5–9.2 ft) wingspan. In the nominate race the males weigh 6.2 to 10.5 kg (14 to 23 lb) and females typically weigh 6.5 to 11.3 kg (14 to 25 lb), while in the Indian subspecies (G. f. fulvescens) the vultures average 7.1 kg (16 lb). Extreme adult weights have been reported from 4.5 to 15 kg (9.9 to 33 lb), the latter likely a weight attained in captivity. Hatched naked, it is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a very white head, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff and yellow bill. The buff body and wing coverts contrast with the dark flight feathers.
Like other vultures, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. It grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion.
The maximum lifespan recorded for the Griffon Vulture is 41.4 years, for a specimen in captivity.
It breeds on crags in mountains in southern Europe, north Africa, and Asia, laying one egg. Griffon Vultures may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident.
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- [2012-02-10 4:09]
u did a very good job!
very nice pov.focus and
sharphness applied well.
very nice capture of inflight bird with excellent light and colour.
- [2012-02-10 5:56]
Perfect capture of flying vulture. Good natural colours and
Have a good weekend
Great in flight capture. Wonderful colors, light and contrast. Very well done!
- [2012-02-10 8:38]
A special photo from your archive. Very nice photo of this vulture in beautiful colours and an excellent composition.