tirsdag 29. november 2011

IBERIAN GRIFFON VULTURES (SPANSK GÅSEGRIBB)

One of the first ones to land at dawn
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/50, ISO 6400

The Spanish Pyrenèes hold some magnificent untouched natural wildernesses, and being here for the first time, I was really amazed. Photographer Dario Mesonero Romanos took us to a remote place called Torre de Tamurcia, and here we had 2 full days / nights in a small hide for Iberian vultures. In this specific hide we had to shoot through glass, so called "one way glass" (which was not at all as "one way" as we thought). The glass of course takes away a considerable amount of available light for the camera and I as also concerned about sharpness shooting through glass. The sharpness however, performed without problems. We had to our disposal 5 full barrels of sheep intestines / slaughter leftovers, and we carefully portioned 2 of these for the first day. The griffons (gåsegribben) appeared early next morning at dawn, and I honestly nearly panicked when the windows in the hide (due to difference in outside / inside temp) suddenly went milky white with condensation !! In this situation I had no choice : I had to try to wipe it carefully off in front of the lens ....and the consequence was disastrous : the vultures all took off together...and never returned that day.

The following night we polished windows with any-condensation polish (!!) and poured out the remaining 3 barrels of smelly carcass. This was in my eyes a considerable amount of "bird-food", and, unexperienced as I am with vultures, I expected this to last for hours the next day. 

Early next morning we first saw 1, then 2, then 5, then 8 vultures in the air.... and suddenly, out of nowhere, they all came down as on a signal,...in incredible numbers !! I estimated the numbers of griffons to be approx 4 - 500 !!!....and they literally  "rolled over"  the carcass like a living "consuming carpet"!! The meat was basically gone in 10 minutes. I was amazed !!

We had no condensation problems this morning, and the griffons stayed with us for almost 3 hours... before they all took off together and simply dispersed into the vast Pyenèe landscape.

Ugly ? Well, in our human eyes ...with their bare heads and necks and very special preferences for food ... maybe, ...but also beautiful. In fact very beautiful !! They perform like sailships in the air with wingspan close to 3 m and on close range they reveal beautiful colors with a clean white "ostrich-scarf" around the neck and intelligent, sharp eyes. And besides : anyone who have seen the cartoon movies "The Jungle Book" and "Robin Hood" with the soldiers of Nottingham, ...must have some kind of a relation to vultures !!!  

It took them approx 10 minutes to finish 3 barrels of carcass !!
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/125, +0,67, ISO 6400

D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/100, +0,67, ISO 5000

D3s, 600 4,0, 1/80, +0,33, ISO 5000

D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/100, ISO 6400

Portrait of griffon vulture
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/250, ISO 6400

Portrait of griffon vulture
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/200, ISO 6400

Portrait of griffon vulture
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/400, ISO3200

Portrait of griffon vulture
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/200, ISO 3200

Portrait of griffon vulture
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/250, ISO 1600

Portrait of griffon vulture
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/200, ISO 1600

Portrait of griffon vulture
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/200, ISO 1600

Portrait of griffon vulture
D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/200, ISO 1600

D3s, 600 4,0, f4,0, 1/320, ISO 1600

With wingspan close to 3 meters... this is a huge bird !
D3s, 600 4,0, f5,6, 1/1250, +0,67, ISO 500

 D3s, 600 4,0, f5,6, 1/2000, +0,33, ISO 1600

D3s, 600 4,0, f5,6, 1/2500, +0,33, ISO 1600

Pyrenèe landscape
D3s, 70-200 2,8 / 70, f6,3, 1/1000, -0,67, ISO 200 

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I got more stuff from the Pyrenèes coming up !!

9 kommentarer:

  1. What a stunning photographs. Must have been fantastic to get to these birds so close!.
    Thanks for sharing
    Marijke

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  2. Det var noen nydlige portretter. Skjønner godt at du synes det gikk for fort.

    Kåre

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  3. Fantastiske bilder! Ble imponert over at det gikk an å ta så skarpe bilder gjennom den type glass..
    Regner med at du fikk utstyret ditt tilslutt,og slapp de brune cordfløyelsbuksene.. ;-)

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  4. Flotte portretter igjen Tom. Fortsetter du å fremvise slikt må jeg jo revurdere hele holdningen min :D :D
    PS! Er jo ekstra svak for bilder av typen - ditt første!

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  5. Flott historie og nydelige fugler og bilder. Må ha vært en stor opplevelse.Må vel ta invitasjonen fra Dario seriøst!! Ole

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  6. Hei! Interessant lesing! Bilde nr 9 er min favoritt, flott portrett med nydelig bakgrunn.

    Mvh
    Arnfinn

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  7. Blikk rett mot og fluktbilder er mine favoritter selv om alle har høyt kvalitet. Ikke noe særlig å spøke med disse.

    duy

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  8. Fantastisk lys og glimt i øyet i portrettene - det er nok de som treffer meg aller mest, selv om serien var jevnt bra.

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  9. Spennende lesing, og helt nydelige portretter!!

    Og veldig fint at du skriver teknisk info på bildene dine :)

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