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Crete Grifs 3

By PatriciaWilson      
21st June, at Sellinari Gorge the hen has stood over her single egg for 50 days, never leaving it, and at midday she stand like a cormorant with wings outstretched to shield it from the sun. The male flies in and regurgitates food for her.
I'm irritated that she has her head down all the time...then I see why. For the first time I glimpse a freshly hatched chick.

V2 is the first shot I got of this chick.

V3 By 1pm the temperature was over 100 in the sun. The barrel of my lens was too hot to touch and I'd run out of water. The hens stood over their nests to shade them, obviously roasting themselves.
A male flew in to regurgitate food for his mate in the back nest... but she does not look well, her breast feathers are missing and her stance sickerly. I have to leave.

Tags: Photo journalism Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

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koka 9 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2009 11:15AM
very regal and a hugely intimate shot - great capture Katie

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
26 Feb 2009 11:23AM
A fantastic capture, Patricia, how moving for you to see the little chick. He looks just like my African Grey parrot as a baby! Carol
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
26 Feb 2009 11:34AM
Great capture

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
26 Feb 2009 11:39AM
This is a site very few people will ever get to see including myself, so thanks for giving me the opportunity, they really are two wonderful images. - gary
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
26 Feb 2009 11:57AM
Thanks everyone, I've added a third, last shot from that day.
posting 30th June tomorrowSmile
I'm exceedingly proud to say National Geographic bought an image from this documentary, highlight of my photographic life!
cjl47 10 4 3 England
26 Feb 2009 12:05PM
Congratulations on National Geographic and on this superb set of shots.
arhb Plus
10 3.4k 68 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2009 12:52PM
These are excellent Patricia, with a great reportage to go with it.
An intersting habitat also.
Congrats on the sale to NG.
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2009 1:03PM
Super set of images Patricia, nice documentary. Congratulations.
PattiW 12 24 2 United States
26 Feb 2009 2:45PM
Fantastic capture and commentary!
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
26 Feb 2009 7:16PM
Excellent shots
Stevekriti 9 18 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2009 7:18PM
Thank you once more Patricia.Wonderful shots,and many congrats on the National geo,well deserved! Steve
hellsbells8868 9 151 2 Wales
26 Feb 2009 9:21PM
Congratulations, wonderful images.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
26 Feb 2009 11:36PM
Congratulations Patricia, wonderful moment. Ron.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
27 Feb 2009 5:37PM
Awesome images Patricia .Hope your camera has now cooled down and you have drunk plenty . Thanks for showing us xx
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
27 Feb 2009 5:53PM
The camera is stone cold now, Mavis...unlike me who has taken your advice and drunk plenty, LOL!
Sorry, new years resolution, to be more serious on site...

Thanks everyone, really appreciatedSmile
IanA 14 3.0k 12 England
28 Feb 2009 10:43AM
Selinari?? Wink
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
28 Feb 2009 7:44PM
Witnessed scenes like this in the Carris Gorge in Spain.
Superb exposure and detail
evelen 13 5 England
4 Mar 2009 6:17PM
fantastic pictures pat you finaly got them.eve.
PatriciaWilson 14 615 58 Greece
10 Mar 2009 9:32AM
Thanks everyone.
It was one of my most exciting photography moments ever! Lovely chick. Was beginning to think I'd never get the shot.

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