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Local Griffons Vultures, Crete

By PatriciaWilson      
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.

Tags: Wildlife Free Crete Local Wildlife and nature Gyps fulvus Griffon vultures

Voters: posty57, CarolG, rontear and 10 more

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posty57 11 6 2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2012 3:18AM
Amazing birds ! Obviously better educated than their African cousins then Smile Wonderful image.


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CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
7 Feb 2012 6:27AM
A fantastic capture, Patricia. Are they being affected by the gale force winds we are experiencing here at present? Carol
PatriciaWilson 15 615 58 Greece
7 Feb 2012 6:57AM
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.
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
7 Feb 2012 7:10AM
Nature's dustbin men. Clean up all the carcasses, super image of behaviour too Patricia.
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
7 Feb 2012 6:16PM
Double humph! Sad

Ade Smile
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
7 Feb 2012 7:53PM
Sparrows are violent, but these are bigger

gwynn56 8 87 England
8 Feb 2012 7:14AM
wonder if they said let us pray before they started eating
PatriciaWilson 15 615 58 Greece
10 Feb 2012 3:33PM
Thanks everyone, greatly appreciate the c&cs.

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