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I saw them winging in from my office window, and then realized a sheep had died just below our village church.
Quite amazing to watch them feed.

I've seen more aggression in the sparrows on my bird table.

thanks for looking.
Any crit welcome.
Patricia.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:100-400
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:12 Dec 2011 - 1:51 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/640sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Local Griffons Vultures, Crete
Username:Patricia Fenn Patricia Fenn
Uploaded:7 Feb 2012 - 12:09 AM
Tags:Crete, Free, Griffon vultures, Gyps fulvus, Local, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 3:18 AM

Amazing birds ! Obviously better educated than their African cousins then Smile Wonderful image.

Barry

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 6:27 AM

A fantastic capture, Patricia. Are they being affected by the gale force winds we are experiencing here at present? Carol

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Patricia Fenn
Patricia Fenn e2 Member 10614 forum postsPatricia Fenn vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 6:57 AM

Thanks Barry, I don't know about the African Vultures, but I've been studying the local ones for over a decade.
The ones that have eaten, stand back and keep guard while the next lot move in.

I also notice they have some trouble taking off with a full crop of food, and tend to sit back on their tails with their wings out for five minutes.


Thanks Carol, Griffons never fly in rain. I think their wingspan, at nine feet, is just two heavy when wet. They simply sit on their ledges and starve until better weather.
The best time to go Griffon watching is after a couple of days bad weather.

Even on sunny days they have to wait until the sun hits their south facing ledges and a thermal pushes through the gorge before they can launch themselves off their ledge, because they need the extra lift.

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 7:10 AM

Nature's dustbin men. Clean up all the carcasses, super image of behaviour too Patricia.
Ron.

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
7 Feb 2012 - 6:16 PM

Double humph! Sad

Ade Smile

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
7 Feb 2012 - 7:53 PM

Sparrows are violent, but these are bigger

Peter

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gwynn56
gwynn56 e2 Member 378 forum postsgwynn56 vcard England
8 Feb 2012 - 7:14 AM

wonder if they said let us pray before they started eating

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Patricia Fenn
Patricia Fenn e2 Member 10614 forum postsPatricia Fenn vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
10 Feb 2012 - 3:33 PM

Thanks everyone, greatly appreciate the c&cs.

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