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"Gandalf"

By fificat100
World of Wing's Ruppel's Griffin Vulture. Taken during his display. Lots of gasps and ooohs from the viewers as he flew up from the field, his 10ft span wings close above our heads, landing just a few feet from me! I wasn't going to miss the opportunity and never gave a thought to the fact that his beak was designed to tear flesh to bits!
These vultures are the highest flying birds in the world, generally around 10,000ft, though a height of 36,000 has been recorded.
Three years ago Gandalf 'escaped' during one of his displays; was missing for nearly a week; caused a great panic and aircraft alerts. Luckily he was reported seen, perched on a building near Falkirk! Obviously very hungry; his handler coaxed him down to a nearby field with some food and he was taken home safely, none-the-worse after his 'adventure' !

Tags: Feathers Vultures Captive birds Wildlife and nature Scavengers World of Wings

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CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
2 Nov 2013 6:12AM
What a stunning bird he is, Lavina, and an excellent capture, too. Carol
sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 2 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 6:22AM
stunning shot and wonderful birds too
mistere Plus
8 13 5 England
2 Nov 2013 6:39AM
Gandalf, also known by some as stormcrow. you can see why WinkWink
Super capture.

Dave
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 6:51AM
He certainly posed for you Lavina. Wonderful shot. GrinGrin Peter.
ronboy 12 2 Scotland
2 Nov 2013 6:56AM
He's got a haircut like mine Grin
Lovely capture
2 Nov 2013 7:34AM
Well captured. Great image; great bird.
2 Nov 2013 8:03AM
Fine capture Lavina,
Fred.
netta1234 10 382 2 Wales
2 Nov 2013 8:31AM
A great poser and also a great imageSmile
NettaSmile
capto Plus
10 7.0k 31 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 8:46AM
Very handsome, if not beautiful.Smile

ivor
EileenH 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 9:36AM
Fantastic captureSmile


Eileen
ColleenA Plus
9 502 8 Australia
2 Nov 2013 1:10PM
A fantastic shot and interesting narrative...
2 Nov 2013 3:02PM
An excellent capture Lavina. I think he is posing for you!!!
Effrossini
mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
2 Nov 2013 3:18PM
One of the bigger birds I have seen on site Lavina !!
Good shot.
Mick.
2 Nov 2013 3:48PM
What a stunning bird
rayme330 10 17 1 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2013 4:22PM
A super image and story Lavina. Well captured and presented.

Ray
2 Nov 2013 4:58PM
Excellent capture and informative writing!
George
I'm definitely needing new specs. As soon as I saw the thumbnail I exclaimed,"Ah,a bubbliejock!" He's a very handsome bird. Good photo of him!
abeeror2 9 23 Australia
2 Nov 2013 8:29PM
Fantastic!

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