Eye to Eye with a Vulture

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Never get between a bird of prey and its prey! I had a close encounter with this huge griffon vulture. I didn't notice that the falconer stood right behind me; the vulture just wanted the prey and didn't care about anyone standing in its way.

A second after I took this photo I got a hefty slap from its wing. Given the fact that vultures can weigh up to 11kg, they have quite strong wings to be able to fly at all.

I had my Nikon D7000 [Amazon Link] set to rapid fire mode and photographed the vulture flying in my direction.

They should put a warning like "Vultures in the viewfinder are closer than they appear" into each viewfinder :) Nevertheless it was a great experience to photograph all those impressive birds.