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Thursday, May 07, 2009


Vultures are a common sight over the plains and steppes of central Spain; the Griffon Vulture is by far the most numerous species, whilst the Black Vulture is comparatively rare. I took these pictures of vultures in Extramadura, Central Spain, last week.

Squadrons of Griffon vultures home in on the carcass of some animal...

...whilst a solitary Black Vulture circles overhead

A Black Vulture joins a group of four Griffons on the ground to pick over an animal carcass

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Blogger Steffi said...

Great shots of the birds!Wonderful photos!Thank you for sharing!

8:03 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Maalie, I saw vultures while crossing the Pyrenees. Several of them were sitting near the statue of the Virgin of Orisson. I have no idea what kind they were, but they were absolutely huge. When they took off, I was gobsmacked by their size!

8:10 pm  
Blogger Tarolino said...

Nicely caught action shots. Quite impressive wingspan those birds have and what a good service they do to nature by cleaning up carcasses.

9:51 pm  
Blogger simon said...

BLOODY fantastic! reminds me of 2007 mate!

12:17 am  
Blogger Halfmom, AKA, Susan said...

they look rather frightening, actually

12:17 am  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

I don't think we have the griffon type here, but we have something we call black vultures.

7:39 am  
Anonymous Audun said...

Great pictures of these big birds. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend.

8:35 am  
Blogger Patricia said...

the sky is so blue!! the photo is really beautiful!!
happy weekend!!
My blog

2:43 pm  
Blogger Arija said...

I can hear the vulture sing in the Cartoon version of the Jungle Book.
Great captures.

9:32 am  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Did you lie down and play dead, to attract them to you?

5:46 pm  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Now that's exactly the sort of question I would expect from a llama :-)

10:56 pm  
Blogger Shammickite said...

I'm wondering where Lorenzo went.... no blogging any more, Lorenzo?

2:43 pm  
Blogger T and S said...

Beautiful images, especially the first two are spectacular

3:35 pm  
Blogger donsands said...

Muy Bueno Fotos!

1:18 am  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Nice. I've always had a kind of fascination for Spain.

Vultures and the like quite interesting.

8:44 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I'm glad you are having a great time in Spain.

10:07 pm  
Blogger Jenny Holden said...

You've got a blogging award! Go to my blog to see!

8:56 pm  
Blogger Sunshine said...

wow, what a beautiful pictures you have taken... Its quite interesting a nice good job

8:57 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

My goodness Maalie you get around. I thought you were cycling in Hungary last week!

Vultures are the very best, after storks and crows!

Nice shots.

9:35 am  

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