Rüppells Griffon Vulture

Rüppells Griffon Vulture, originally uploaded by gwendolen.

I visited Birdpark Avifauna today. They have an interesting collection of birds, but I feel they do need to upgrade the park and give the birds more space.

The Rüppells Griffon Vulture is a large vulture, almost about a meter high. There was quite a large group of Griffon vultures in the cage. They are very social animals. They live in central Africa and nest on cliffs in colonies of up to 1,000 pairs.

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  1. Gwen, this photo is worthy of a National Geographic cover! The feather detail is excellent and the pose, priceless. I have not forgotten IVAD this Saturday. I will probably use it as my BFW post too. A virtual Vulturathon 😉


  2. Oh my goodness……this is a spectacular photo. So crisp and such an interesting pose. I really like it. The feather definition is incredible.


  3. I'm with the other commenters — a marvellous photo, Gwendolen. Let's hope that events like IVAD09 raise enough awareness of the plight of vultures to reduce some of the risks to their continued survival. Thanks :^)


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