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Crete Griffs 1

By PatriciaWilson      
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.

Tags: Photo journalism Bird of prey Raptor Griffon vulture Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature Gyps fulvus Accipitridae

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TyChee 13 275 1 United States
24 Feb 2009 12:24PM
Nice capture.

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
24 Feb 2009 12:44PM
Wonderfully captured, Patricia, fine detail. Is that near Samaria? Carol
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
24 Feb 2009 12:54PM
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
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
24 Feb 2009 2:19PM
Lovely looking fellow with lots of characters

24 Feb 2009 2:22PM
2 Very good shots.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
24 Feb 2009 2:48PM
Hi Patricia, didn't know my ex wife and her mother lived round your way. Lol.
Excellent captures.
Silverzone 10 2 England
24 Feb 2009 3:02PM
Super capture. Sylvia
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
24 Feb 2009 3:35PM
Ha-ha Chris, so your ex wife and her mother where a couple of fine young birds then? Don't answer that!

Thanks everyoneSmile
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
24 Feb 2009 5:42PM
Shows the environment well
Wilmot 9 338 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2009 5:49PM
2 superb capture
hellsbells8868 10 151 2 Wales
24 Feb 2009 7:11PM
Fantastic capture, wonderful detail.
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
24 Feb 2009 8:18PM
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...
IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
26 Feb 2009 8:25AM
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
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
27 Feb 2009 4:21PM
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!
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
27 Feb 2009 5:34PM
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
tuhin 11
25 Mar 2009 4:46AM

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