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I'm lucky to live in a remote place near a gorge which is the roost of a large colony of Vultures. I've counted as many as 42 circling on the thermal that goes over our small house.
These are two juveniles.
Difficult to photograph because of the camouflage plumage and also the bright bird-lime on the rocks.

Version: is with the exposure and gamma pushed a bit, better but slightly blown highlights.

Any advice or crit welcome.

Camera:eos 1D MK11
Lens:canon 100-400@400
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Crete Griffs 1
Username:Patricia Fenn Patricia Fenn
Uploaded:24 Feb 2009 - 12:17 PM
Tags:Accipitridae, Bird of prey, Griffon vulture, Gyps fulvus, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Raptor, Wildlife / nature
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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 12:24 PM

Nice capture.
Ty

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 12:44 PM

Wonderfully captured, Patricia, fine detail. Is that near Samaria? Carol

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Patricia Fenn
24 Feb 2009 - 12:54 PM

Thanks Carol, not Samaria; right by me - in fact I can see down the gorge from my office window (right now, LOL!). Sellinari is another big roost, between Heraklion and Agios Nikolaus.

Thanks everyoneSmile

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
24 Feb 2009 - 2:19 PM

Lovely looking fellow with lots of characters

Peter

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motorsportpictures

2 Very good shots.
Scott

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 2:48 PM

Hi Patricia, didn't know my ex wife and her mother lived round your way. Lol.
Excellent captures.
chris

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Silverzone
24 Feb 2009 - 3:02 PM

Super capture. Sylvia

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Patricia Fenn
24 Feb 2009 - 3:35 PM

Ha-ha Chris, so your ex wife and her mother where a couple of fine young birds then? Don't answer that!

Thanks everyoneSmile

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 5:42 PM

Shows the environment well

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Feb 2009 - 5:49 PM

2 superb capture
Stvee

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hellsbells8868
24 Feb 2009 - 7:11 PM

Fantastic capture, wonderful detail.

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Patricia Fenn
24 Feb 2009 - 8:18 PM

actually, they remind me of the Liver Birds... make me slightly homesick for some serious shopping, LOL! You can't beat 'The Pool' for a bit of pret-a-porta on the cheap..which brings up back to birds... cheep... OK, never mind...

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IanA
IanA  103048 forum posts England12 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2009 - 8:25 AM

That's terrible! (The joke, not the image!! Wink )

It's difficult to tell at the size posted here. I've uploaded shots in the past where the whites haven't been blown (Kestrels against a chalk cliff) and been berated for blown whites. I believe the ePz upload process compresses the image a tad more and takes any fine detail out of the background/smilar areas. If the full res image has detail, I wouldn't worry about it. Smile

Ian x

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Patricia Fenn
27 Feb 2009 - 4:21 PM

Thanks Ian, it's highly cropped and interpolated, todays Griff 4 version 2. shows exactly how far away I was, didn't have my 1X4 then either.
will go back this June and do a better job, with a ND filter on.

Thanks very much everyone!

Last Modified By Patricia Fenn at 27 Feb 2009 - 4:23 PM

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Mavis
Mavis e2 Member 12143 forum postsMavis vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2009 - 5:34 PM

Some fine looking birds Patricia. I do think we get a wee bit too picky with our photos at times . I think they are terrific, even if they do remind Chris Smile Detail on the plumage is first class . Not into detailed poo anyway LOL xxx

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25 Mar 2009 - 4:46 AM

Beautifull.

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