Monday, 1 December 2008

Special birds: Griffon Vulture

With a wing-span of some 2.5 metres Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus is an impressive bird indeed. The species has suffered in the past from persecution and poisoning but recently has made something of a comeback. It is essentially a resident in wilder mountain regions where there are cliffs or gorges with suitable rocky ledges on which to nest. In Eastern Europe Griffon Vultures do not breed north of the Balkans. There are colonies, for example, in the Uvac and Milesevka Gorges in Serbia, the island of Cres in Croatia and the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. This superb photo was taken by Katarina Paunovic in Serbia.

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