Vultures on the Rise

vultureA Griffon Vulture soars over a valley in the Pyrenees foothills of Huesca, Spain. Rare in the rest of Europe, the Griffon Vulture has made a comeback in Spain, where the population is estimated in the tens of thousands. Like all vultures, Griffon Vultures are masters at exploiting even the weakest thermals of rising air. With a wingspan of  just under three meters (over nine feet), Griffon Vultures can glide almost indefinitely, rarely having to expend any energy in flapping their wings to stay airborne. Photo ©Mike Randolph

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2 Responses to Vultures on the Rise

  1. Yolanda Evgeniou April 6, 2014 at 01:10 #

    Mike, Your photo ” Vultures on the Rise “. is just magnificent. I wish I was there to see these splendid vultures . .

    • Mike Randolph April 6, 2014 at 21:05 #

      Thank you Yolanda. They are truly amazing gliders, and in that kind of scenery it’s a real treat to watch.

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