Adult Lammergeier

Full body portrait of mature Lammergeier. Huge and majestic, the lammergeier is a highly distinctive bird-of-prey and one of the largest old world vultures. Enormous wings enable it to soar with characteristic ease above the mountain slopes, while the outline of its long, diamond-shaped tail is unmistakeable in flight. The head is creamy-yellow with a very distinctive bright red eye circle and black eye patches that extend below the short, narrow bill in the form of tufted whiskers, hence the alternative name of the bearded vulture. The neck and the underparts are a rusty-orange colour, while the back, wings and tail are dark grey-blue to black.

El quebrantahuesos (Gypaetus barbatus) es una de las rapaces mas caracteristicas de España, y uno de los 'buitres del viejo mundo' de mayor tamaño. Sus enormes alas le ayudan a ganar altura con gran facilidad. Su perfil en vuelo es inconfundible, gracias a su cola en forma de abanico. Los adultos son color crema, o incluso anaranjados, y los jovenes son marrón oscuro. Se alimenta casi exclusivamente de huesos, que traga enteros. Los mas grandes los arroja contra las piedras desde enorme altura para romperlos, conducta que da origen a su nombre.

Date: 07/03/2015

Location: Buseu, Boumort, Pyrenees

Photographer: Arturo de Frias

Adult Lammergeier

Full body portrait of mature Lammergeier. Huge and majestic, the lammergeier is a highly distinctive bird-of-prey and one of the largest old world vultures. Enormous wings enable it to soar with characteristic ease above the mountain slopes, while the outline of its long, diamond-shaped tail is unmistakeable in flight. The head is creamy-yellow with a very distinctive bright red eye circle and black eye patches that extend below the short, narrow bill in the form of tufted whiskers, hence the alternative name of the bearded vulture. The neck and the underparts are a rusty-orange colour, while the back, wings and tail are dark grey-blue to black.

El quebrantahuesos (Gypaetus barbatus) es una de las rapaces mas caracteristicas de España, y uno de los 'buitres del viejo mundo' de mayor tamaño. Sus enormes alas le ayudan a ganar altura con gran facilidad. Su perfil en vuelo es inconfundible, gracias a su cola en forma de abanico. Los adultos son color crema, o incluso anaranjados, y los jovenes son marrón oscuro. Se alimenta casi exclusivamente de huesos, que traga enteros. Los mas grandes los arroja contra las piedras desde enorme altura para romperlos, conducta que da origen a su nombre.

Date: 07/03/2015

Location: Buseu, Boumort, Pyrenees

Photographer: Arturo de Frias