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Vulture, Crete #1

Griffon vulture flying in a clear blue sky over the Mediterranean island of Crete

The story behind this image

During our two week stay on the Mediterranean island of Crete my wife Liz was desperate to see an eagle, which inhabit the mountainous interior in small numbers.

So we got really excited when parked up by the side of the road enjoying a picnic in the hills above Vlichadia on the north coast and two enormous birds came soaring into view on outstretched wings.

Liz immediately started photographing on her mobile, with me trying to fit my 100-400mm zoom lens to my camera as fast as possible.

We both fired off a dozen or so frames before the birds flew out of view, with this exposure being the best of the bunch that I was able to capture.

But guess what?

On closer inspection of the enlarged images we realised that the birds weren't eagles, but Giffon vultures instead, another native inhabitiant of Crete.

Still a mighty impressive bird though!

Image data

Filename - crete vulture 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm

Exposure - 1/320sec @ f5.6, ISO100

Filters - None.

Location - Near Vlichadia, northern Crete

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.