Griffin Vulture (Gyps fulvus)

Steve  Liptrot

Blaenavon, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

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

Featured in the Birds group JULY 2010.
Featured in the Paws & Claws…All Animals group SEP 2010.
Featured in the Extreme Close-ups group SEP 2010.
Featured in the Just Fun group NOV 2010.
Featured in the Pets need a Hug group NOV 2010.
Featured in the Amazing Wildlife group JAN 2011.
Featured in the Baby Wildlife of the World group JAN 2011.
Featured in the High Quality Images group JUNE 2011.
Featured in the Images of Endearment group JUNE 2011.
Featured in the Close ups in Nature group JUNE 2011.
Featured in the Nature Photography Challenge group JULY 2011.

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

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