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The Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in Tallinn zoo.
Showing all his beauty!
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Music---Junky Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome capture. :D
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Hansmar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful photo!
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Triumfa Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks you a lot!
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Hansmar Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very welcomeHi! 
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture! :)
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TimberSlashWolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He is beautiful!!:love:
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ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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forkandspoon00 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. XD
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a regal bird, excellent shot!
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Mors-Regis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 One of my favorite birds, he is really magnificent.
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MimiManderly Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
If anyone has doubts that birds evolved from dinosaurs, they only have to look at THIS guy!  Can you imagine him two stories high???  LOL!
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Triumfa Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I am pretty sure birds have same ancestry as dinosaurs did. But for me, they do not look alike)
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GoldenPhoenixWolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful bird and interesting, don't vulture species have a bald head? Really nice photo:D!   
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Triumfa Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually from what I've seen, lesser half has completely bald heads)
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GoldenPhoenixWolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lesser half?
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Triumfa Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Of all vultures 
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GoldenPhoenixWolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmm but again really nice photo:D
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sarehptar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Chiming in from the Bird Photography group: vultures evolved bald heads to avoid soiling their feathers with the rot and bacteria that are commonly found in the corpses they eat. However, not all vulture species eat exactly the same way, so not all species of vultures need bald heads. The Bearded Vulture, like this one, eats the bones of dead animals after much of the meat has been picked off by other carrion birds. Since they don't deal with lots of rotting meat, they have no need for bald heads. :)

However, the Bearded Vulture is actually a pretty interesting case in and of itself--it doesn't really "fit" with the other vultures, and forms a separate subfamily inside the accipitridae with only a couple other birds, which makes it distinct from what we tend to think of as the "typical" bald-headed vulture.


And, with that said, the Bearded Vulture is my absolute favorite bird in the world, and it this is a stunning, stunning shot. :heart:
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GoldenPhoenixWolf Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting bird of prey:). Thank you for telling me about this bird:), I think I have a new favorite bird of prey:heart:
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PENTAX K-5
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400
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May 31, 2013, 12:22:49 PM
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