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Showing posts with label Doñana National Park. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Doñana National Park. Show all posts

Sunday, 20 April 2014

GRIFFON VULTURE (Gyps fulvus) José Antonio Valverde Visitor Centre, Doñana National Park, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain


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The Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) or Eurasian Griffon is a large Old World bird of prey in family Accipitridae which is in the genus Gyps. It breeds on crags in mountains in southern Europe, North Africa and Asia. Griffon vultures may form loose colonies. The population is mostly resident. Juveniles and immature individuals may migrate far or embark on long distance movements. Like other vultures, it is a scavenger, feeding mostly on the carcasses of dead animals which it finds by soaring over open areas, often moving in flocks. 
 Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Griffon_vulture

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Monday, 14 April 2014

GREATER FLAMINGO [Adult] (Phoenicopterus roseus) Charco de la Boca, Doñana National Park, Almonte, Huelva, Spain


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The Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) is the most widespread  flamingo of the family Phoenicopteridae which is in the genus Phoenicopterus. It is found in parts of Africa, southern Asia, the Middle East and southern Europe. Sub-adult flamingos are whitish-grey and only attain the pink coloration several years into their adult life. The coloration comes from the carotenoid pigments in the organisms that live in their feeding grounds. Secretions of the urpoygial gland  also contain carotenoids. During the breeding season, Greater Flamingos increase the frequency of their spreading of uropygial secretions over their feathers and thereby enhance their colour.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_flamingo


Thursday, 31 January 2013

SHORT TOED SNAKE EAGLE Circaetus gallicus Parque Nacional de Doñana, El Rocio, Almonte, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain

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SHORT TOED SNAKE EAGLE Circaetus gallicus Parque Nacional de Doñana, El Rocio, Almonte, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain

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SHORT TOED SNAKE EAGLE Circaetus gallicus Parque Nacional de Doñana, El Rocio, Almonte, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain

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SHORT TOED SNAKE EAGLE Circaetus gallicus Parque Nacional de Doñana, El Rocio, Almonte, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain

 
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SHORT TOED SNAKE EAGLE Circaetus gallicus Parque Nacional de Doñana, El Rocio, Almonte, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain

 
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