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The Griffin Vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae.
The Griffin Vulture is 93–110 cm (37–43 in) long with a 230–269 cm (91–106 in) wingspan, and it weighs between 6 and 13 kg (13.2 and 29 lb). Hatched naked, it is a typical Old World vulture in appearance, with a very white bald 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 grunts and hisses at roosts or when feeding on carrion.
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.
Seen at Jungle Park, Tenerife.

Nikon D80 – Sigma 18-105mm lens – f-8

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Winner of the Depth of Field Challenge JAN 2011.
Winner of the Nature Photography – Vultures Challenge JUNE 2011.

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bird of prey, europe, jungle park, lancashire, nature, steve liptrot, stevesimages1, tenerife, griffin vulture

I originate from Lancashire but now I am based in Blaenavon, South Wales. I am an Aerospace technician and amateur photographer which takes me all over the UK.

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Comments

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupabout 4 years ago

    Great portrait with excellent composition & DoF

  • Cheers mate

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Sonja Wells
    Sonja Wellsabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful colouring, well done :)

  • Thanks Sonja

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Susan Littlefield
    Susan Littlefieldabout 4 years ago

    An incredible capture! It looks quite handsome in this photo; I know that will change as it ages.

  • Thanks Susan, much appreciated

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Rusty Katchmer
    Rusty Katchmerabout 4 years ago

    This is an amazing portrait shot…perfection!

  • Thanks Rusty

    – Steve Liptrot

  • WendyJC
    WendyJCabout 4 years ago

    fantastic detail!
    such an amazing species :)

  • Thanks Wendy

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellabout 4 years ago

    A work of art.

  • Thanks mate, appreciated

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Rosemaree
    Rosemareeabout 4 years ago

    This is a stunning capture. What an amazing bird. You are so lucky to have been able to see such a wonderful animal.

  • Thank you very much

    – Steve Liptrot

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Outstanding! His gaze speaks volumes, but I’m not sure exactly what he’s commenting on. This is one fine shot.

  • Thanks Shelia

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtabout 4 years ago

    WOW!! How awesome! That is so beautiful and such an intense stare! :]

  • Thanks Tracy

    – Steve Liptrot

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsabout 4 years ago

    excellent capture Steve

  • Cheers Michael

    – Steve Liptrot

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