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Griffon Vulture

Griffon Vulture
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2019-04-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/2500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2019-04-18 12:16
Viewed: 602
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Our stay in the Extremadura, Spain, was 16 days. Almost all these days the weather was bad: cold, windy and the first 11 days rainy. Therefore the quality of my photos of this trip are a bit disappointing.
Look at the workshop for another 2 photos of the Griffon Vulture.

The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae.

The Griffon Vulture is 93–122 cm long with a 2.3–2.8 m wingspan. In the nominate race the males weigh 6.2 to 10.5 kg and females typically weigh 6.5 to 11.3 kg.
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 establishes nesting colonies in cliffs that are undisturbed by humans while coverage of open areas and availability of dead animals within dozens of kilometres of these cliffs is high. It grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion.
The maximum recorded lifespan of the griffon vulture is 41.4 years for an individual 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.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-04-18 15:20]

Hi Peter,i'm watching a great report about this vulture,the quality of pics is great despite the very difficult light and,obviuosly,the white sky. Lovely pose in the main pic,and wonderful in flight capture too,while i like the effect of water in the air in the other WS. Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Exceptional good quality of this photo. The bird looks amazing natural.

Hi Peter,
Nice capture of this Griffon.


hallo peter
mooi zo op de punt van de berg steekt er goed uit
gr lou

Hello Peter,
Despite unfriendly weather and far distance, quite well captured this Griffon Vulture. Details looks quite well. Can't see eye clearly, although.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-04-19 18:17]

Great job you spotted a vanishing species
Long time ago we had such birds but now disappeared
Nice shot.

Hello Peter

Great photography of this Griffon Vulture with fine POV and framing,
with its expressive pose and eye-contact, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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