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Himalayan Griffon Vulture in flight - Sub-adult - Gyps himalayensis - Хималайн хажир - 高山兀鹫 - ヒマラヤシロエリハゲワシ - 고산대머리수리 | by Paul B Jones
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Himalayan Griffon Vulture in flight - Sub-adult - Gyps himalayensis - Хималайн хажир - 高山兀鹫 - ヒマラヤシロエリハゲワシ - 고산대머리수리

The Himalayan Vulture or Himalayan Griffon Vulture is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae. It is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture (G. fulvus). Some uncertainty lingers over the exact status of the two species in Mongolia, although most if not all sightings are now thought to refer to himalayensis.

 

The photograph was taken in the mountains near Erdenesant, a small Mongolian town to the west of the capital city Ulaanbaatar. Brown feathering in the under-coverts indicates the bird is a sub-adult. I was using a Canon combination 1DM4 camera and EF 800mm f5.6 IS USM L lens; all mounted on a Wimberley 2 gimbal head atop a Gitzo carbon fibre tripod.

 

 

 

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Taken on June 26, 2012