They may only be specks in the sky…but Kiersten has put Griffon Vultures on the month list again with her latest shots from a recent visit to Sierra de Huetor.
Spain remains a European stronghold for these immense raptors: our sightings of this species in the Sierra Nevada range are increasing, and some authorities put the Iberian population in the tens of thousands.
Elsewhere in Europe the Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus has faired less well in recent decades, but the introduction of feeding stations in Spain and the continuing, traditional practice of leaving out dead livestock carcasses to be cleared naturally by these highly efficient scavengers are important factors in keeping numbers stable.
With a wingspan of nearly nine feet – over 2.5 metres – these magnificent birds are one of the many birdwatching highlights that we enjoy throughout the year down here in southern Spain…
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