Beautiful creature, isn’t it?
Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture (Gyps rueppellii) is 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. [source: Wikipedia]
Just imagine this monster flying at the airline routes!
This portrait was taken just after the falconer gave the bird a shower shortly after the show: you can see the droplets of water on the vulture’s wings.
‘Ridderfestival’ (Knight festival), Den Hout, Netherlands. June 2011.
Canon EOS 5D MkII, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM @ 105mm, Av, 1/1000s, f/5, ISO 125, -2/3 EV. Post-processing: sharpening, crop, BW conversion (Silver Efex, incl. toning).