Rueppell's Vulture: After a shower by Lenka

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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.

May 2012 Juried Invitational of Solo Exhibition, SoJIE 15 – ‘For the Birds’

‘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).

Lenka tries to capture positive emotions. Her work features images highlighting inner and outer beauty of various subjects. She loves finding unique and unexpected perspectives of subjects normally considered as ordinary.

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  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 3 years ago

    Wow!! Wonder what they do at 11Km above the earth … surely won’t be able to see anything on the ground from there. Also would think it would do to have a little more warmth around the head if one is flying at 11Km!!
    Lovely pic my friend – I live the intense look in its eyes.

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful image…..I like the effect, almost looks like a very old photo….well done!!

  • Evita
    Evitaover 3 years ago

    Beautiful work !!! Congratulations on your feature July 21st 2011!

    You can now enter this work in our July Featured Members Challenge
    Good Luck

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...over 3 years ago

    What a wonderful capture and I love the presentation you gave this image. Really nice.

    My hear t and mind often questions, why such a beautiful and majestic creature should be kept in captivity rather than soaring the sky’s above the plains and Savannah’s of Africa

  • Thank you very much!
    I agree that it would be great if all those beautiful creatures could be free but unfortunately, the current population of 30,000 is in decline due to ongoing loss of habitat anyway (cited from Wikipedia). Maybe it’s good that we can see them so close and admire them, and think better about our behavior concerning nature…

    – Lenka

  • dansLesprit
    dansLespritover 3 years ago

    Fantastic, perfect tones for the subject. Makes me think of the villians from the puppet movie ‘Dark Crystal’. I just love what you have done.

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...over 3 years ago

    Sadly the close up to see them is rather a selfish trait of humans, it would be better for them to be free, rather than an excuse to keep them in zoos and just let them occasionally fly free when it suits us, or for financial reward, e.g putting on a show.

  • It would be probably better for this one, but what about many people who spend their lives on helping animals, once got inspired by seeing ‘exotic’ animals in a zoo or on a show? There are just a few who got to the work after hearing there are some endangered species… I believe that seeing is learning, and learning can lead to understanding, and will to help. Unless you know, how can you help? There are quite some projects of zoos in the world where severally endangered species got new temporarily home, and while they mostly or completely disappeared in nature, they were successfully grown in the zoos, and with some good luck coming back to nature again by now… (Przewalski’s horse are my favorite animal, and quite this case.) You may want to read this article to see why it can help to have large enough captive population of endangered species.

    – Lenka

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on having your wonderful image featured in the group “The Birds”.

  • Cynthia Broomfield
    Cynthia Broomf...over 3 years ago

    Congratulations, great Capture!!!!!

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image, congrats on your feature.

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

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