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There is, perhaps, no bird which has a more curious set of attitudes than the Griffon Vulture, or which exhibits so different an aspect at various times. In flight it is one of the most magnificent birds that can be seen, and even when perched it often retains a certain look of majesty and grandeur. Sometimes, however, especially when basking in the sun, it assumes a series of attittides which are ahsolutely grotesque, and convert the noble-looking bird into a positively ludicrous object. At one moment it will sit all hunched up, its head sunk between its shoulders, and one wing trailing behind it as if broken. At another it will bend its legs and sit down on the ankle-joint, pushing its feet out in front, and supporting itself by the stiff feathers of its tail. Often it will crouch nearly flat on the ground, partly spread its wings, and allow their tips to rest on the earth, and sometimes it will support nearly all the weight of its body on the wings, which rest in a half doubled state on the ground. A single bird, photographed or sketched at various times over a single day, will show various strikingly different attitudes, which transform the whole shape of the bird so much that it is scarcely recognisable as the same individual.

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( These Raptures are now in the pyrenees in France, this is one of them"

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My Formative years were spent between two wartime airfields, so each night was spent sleeping in shelters, and school was always tense as dogfights were being fought overhead,
We made our own amusement in those days, and presents were second hand wooden toys if any could be found.
My teenage life found me on Motorbikes and fast cars.
My Later life was dogged by peaks and troughs of health problems.

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  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 2 years ago

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 2 years ago

    stunning capture and beautifully presented Malcolm

  • hello Chris hope your well, many thanks for your comment

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 2 years ago

    This is a fabulous shot and image, Malcolm – wonderfully captured !!

  • Yoiur very kind with you comment thank you very much

    – Malcolm Chant

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 2 years ago

    When you’re this good looking you can do just about anything you want!!!!
    An excellent capture Malcolm!!! Bill

  • hee hee many thanks for your very kind comment Bill

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    WOW! Malcom…this is fabulous…love this a lot!

  • AHHHH what a kind thing to say thank you very much

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...over 2 years ago

    Lovely work Malcolm

  • Thank you very much indeed Paul

    – Malcolm Chant

  • martinG36
    martinG36over 2 years ago

    oh Malcolm, what a lovely shot..this and the photo straight on….. what distance was this bird from you… interesting information.. Thanks for sharing this and all your photos…

  • Hello Martin my Friend thank you very much for your very kind comment, about 15 feet.

    – Malcolm Chant

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 2 years ago

    Well now! What a show-off! He reminds me of someone….but who could it be ? The letter J comes to mind. What do you think?/ LOL
    Joking aside this is a great image and such detail too. xx

  • How about That sexy Dutchman we all like ???????
    Many thanks Angie.

    – Malcolm Chant

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 2 years ago

    Well……Darn Dutchman maybe!!! hehehe. Wait till he reads these comments. LOL Just as well we all know each other eh! Meant to say the clarity of the image is superb too.

  • OH Angie I LUV you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    – Malcolm Chant

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much indeed Elaine much appreciated.

    – Malcolm Chant

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