08 November 2014

Bearded vulture








Bearded vulture, Korkeasaari / Helsinki Zoo 30.8.2014.

Wingspan about 2,6 m, weight 5-7 kg.
It can live for up to 40 years in captivity.

The bearded vulture is a carrion eater and it rarely
preys on living animals. It almost became extinct
in Europe because it was persecuted because
it was believed to even catch children.

I'm linking to
Camera Critters
Saturday's Critters

http://camera-critters.blogspot.fi/2014/11/camera-critters-344.html

http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.fi/2014/11/saturdays-critters-49.html

50 comments:

  1. That bird's feathers are fantastic to see in your close up shots. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you Margaret! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Wow, what a cool looking Vulture.. Your closeups are awesome.. I hope it makes a comeback.. Great photos. Thank you so much for linking up! Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen! At least one bird from Korkeasaari has been set free in the French Alps, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Enjoy your weekend.

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  3. Gunilla this is a gorgeous bird. I have never seen such a beautiful vulture like this. I love the colors.

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    1. Thank you Donna! It's a very beautiful bird.

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  4. Amazing shots. This bird has beautiful feathers.

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  5. wow! what a unique beauty! i hope it can be brought back from peril.

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  6. That is an amazing looking bird. You took wonderful shots of it .

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  7. What a bird! Great shots! Beautiful!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you Carol! Have a great weekend.

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  8. Mikä lintu - upea ja ihmeellinen. Tosi kivat kuvat.

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  9. Lovely big bird! Great photos Gunilla!
    Hugs
    JetteMajken

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  10. Wow - great pics of this vulture!

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  11. Great pictures! This vulture is big and beautiful, love the color and I would love to see it my self. But I think I would also be scared if I heard of it picking up little kids!

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    1. Thank you! The rumours about children is completely untrue though.

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  12. Handsome headgear but a ferocious beak. Nice captures Gunilla.

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  13. Wow! That is one impressive bird. What fabulous shots!!

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  14. Jag säger wow också! Fantastiska bilder på denna spännande fågel!

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  15. Impresionantes fotos del quebrantahuesos buitre que, por desgracia, no es muy abundante.
    Un abrazo,

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    1. Thank you Miguel! I hope the birds set free will make a difference for its future.

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  16. Very impressive bird. Looks quite a bit different from the turkey vultures I see over here in the eastern United States.
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  17. What a beautiful bird! Your wonderful photos show so much detail in its feathers.

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  18. I'm glad people came to their senses and quit persecuting it. It has lovely coloration! Nice shots!

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  19. för att vara en gam är den ovanligt vacker. Synd bara att den inte är fri. Tror inte jag sett någon förut. Det verkar vara den som heter lammgam på svenska.

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    1. Tack Monica! Jag hoppas att den vilda populationen kan återhämta sig med hjälp av de fåglar som har släppts fria.

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  20. Such a majestic bird! Beautiful!

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  21. Such a weird but yet fascinating looking bird. So glad it isn't extinct as it's really an interesting looking bird.

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    1. Thank you Ida! I hope it will be able to make an comeback.

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  22. Beautiful bird, I am seeing it for first time.

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  23. What a beautiful vulture! I love the peach colored feathers, and the "beard" running down from its eyes is so dramatic! It looks like costuming for a villain in an opera. I hope they can restore it to the wild.

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    1. Thank you Hannah! Birds have been set free and they are being fed, so I hope they can recover.

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  24. Oh my goodness that is an impressive bird! Vultures are often misunderstood, but they do have an important job to do. Glad it survived the ignorance.

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