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Rüppell's Vulture

Rüppell's Vulture
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K5, Pentax fa*4,5 300mm if ed, Digital ISO 400, SIGMA DG UV Filter 67mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-18 7:36
Viewed: 2688
Points: 22
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Falconiformes(or Accipitriformes, q.v.)
Family: Accipitridae
Genus: Gyps
Species: G. rueppellii
Binomial name: Gyps rueppellii

Rüppell's Vulture (Gyps rueppellii) is a large vulture that occurs throughout the Sahel region of central Africa. The current population of 30,000 is in decline due to ongoing loss of habitat and other pressures. Also known as Rüppell's Griffon, Rueppell's Griffon, Rüppell's Griffin Vulture, Rueppell's Vulture and other variants, Rüppell's Vulture is named in honor of Eduard Rüppell, a 19th-century German explorer, collector and zoologist. Rüppell's Vulture is considered to be the world's highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,000 metres (36,100 ft) above sea level.


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Hallo Thijs,
a very beautiful capture of this Volture in flight, perfect focusing and very good sharpness, splendid natural colours with a beautiful contrast against a dark bakground, very well composed with a marvellous dynamic posture of this magnificent bird
Best regards

Hallo Thijs,

een mooi scherpe opname van deze Gier in vlucht.
Mooie pov en goed van details.
Prachtige natuurlijke kleuren.


hallo Thijs
super scherpe foto zo uit de lucht genomen
mooie details en super natuurlijke kleuren
bedankt groetjes lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-18 8:43]

Hallo Thijs,
Bekende plek en bekende vogel. Prachtige foto zo in de vlucht genomen. Uitstekende scherpte, diepte en natuurlijke kleuren. Prima compositie.

Hi Thijs,

Very well captured in-flight shot my friend, good sharpness with nice under-wing details, splendid exposure and a strong composition, great work here Thijs and well done,
Best regards,


Hola Thijs.

Magnifico disparo con excelente DOF y gran detalle del ave ,perfecto ajuste de la velocidad .

Hi Thijs,

That's a great picture of this in flight vulture. Well done & TFS.

Hi This,
Among the best pictures "in flight" I've seen in TN!
Congratulations ... This picture is overwhelming!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-18 23:21]

Hello Thijs,
excellent in-flight shot.Composition is just great. Excellent sharpness and details. Well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-20 11:49]

Hello Thijs,
A very fine in-flight shot of a Rüppell's Vulture.
The POV is great and shows its features with excellent sharpness and natural colours with th lighting on the head making a fine effect against the dark OOF BG.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-21 7:52]

Hello Thijs,
this is a stunning capture. Excellent clarity and sharpness. The flying moment is well frozen. Superb composition with the rings of bokeh in the background.
congratulations for such an exciting view.


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