Rosie der Gänsegeier - Rosie the Griffon Vulture

by Heike August. 23, 2020 880 views

2 years ago I met Rosie on a birds of prey presentation and she was the darling of the show. Rosie often prefers to run instead of flying. Yes, she is a very clever griffon vulture. She knows that flying cost a lot of energy and is only worthwhile at longer distances, especially when the body weight is between 7 and 11 kg (15-24lbs). So why flying where she has two feet? And believe me, seeing her running looks soooo funny, even the most serious person will laugh at that sight! (And she's pretty damn fast!)
I edited this photo in a way I usually are not a huge fan of. Often when I see a photo without any black gradations I think by myself : "Hmpf converted to a photocopy..." But as always, there are a few exceptions, where I think : " Wow, in this case it works." Putting this "picture" (something is stopping me from calling it a photo) into a category I would say, it's Fineart. At least for me, others may say it's "photocopy art"... 😄

Rosie

Rosie

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Mel - 8 months ago

I love that this photo is in black and white. 
It makes Rosie's face stand out more.

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Antonio Gil 8 months ago

Your edit works so well in this picture. Congrats Heike

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 8 months ago

Thank you Antonio. This kind of editing was a try, and it was worth it. smile

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Tsao T-F 8 months ago

Heike, your photo captured my eyes. The visual effect of conflict. It inspired me!100

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Heike Replied to Tsao T-F 8 months ago

Thank you Tsao! But don't show your beautiful green caterpillars in b&w in future. Their color is too nice. smile

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Tsao T-F Replied to Heike 7 months, 4 weeks ago

smile

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Marsha 8 months ago

Nice story about Rosie and great photo - very effective in black and white!

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Heike Replied to Marsha 8 months ago

Kind thanks, Marsha!

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Jay Boggess 8 months ago

WOW! Great shot and fascinating info on Rosie!
Always a pleasure, my friend!
+1grinning+1

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Heike Replied to Jay Boggess 8 months ago

Thank you Jay! Glad you liked it. Rosie is really a darling. smileIn France and Spain (in the pyrenees) they still have some wild griffon vultures. Unfortunately in Germany they are exterminated...angry

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Adrian Morris 8 months ago

The black and white really works.

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Heike Replied to Adrian Morris 8 months ago

Thank you Adrian. Yes, the b&w adds a bit dramatic to it. I'm really happy with the processing of the pic here.

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Yokai - 8 months ago

Impressive b/w work! And a beautiful fineart indeed!

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Heike Replied to Yokai - 8 months ago

Thanks so much Yokai! So glad you liked it!

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Pete Fitzgetald 8 months ago

i love the photo and the story

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Heike Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 8 months ago

Thank you Pete! smile

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Greg Blaney 8 months ago

Heike, I love this photo! It is so dramatic with Rosie's head appearing out of the darkness, making me believe that I am the one that she's after (and with vultures, that's never a good thing). It reminds me of work done by the famous Canadian portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh, who created some iconic photos in B&W. This one of Rosie is definitely worthy of framing and hanging up somewhere.

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Heike Replied to Greg Blaney 8 months ago

Ah Greg, you are too kind. To be mentioned in one sentence with Yousuf Karsh is too much of an honor...I looked him up, I know several of his portraits, but I didn't know that all are from him. In my next life I want to be a Yousuf Karsh. smile I can give you a tip on how to protect yourself from vultures. Just always carry a dead chick in your pocket. The vultures will love you. smile

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Francesc 8 months ago

Excelllent portrait

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Heike Replied to Francesc 8 months ago

Thank you Francesc. I know there are some griffon vultures living wild in Spain. That's really cool. Germany has unfortunately failed to protect this animals....angry

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Francesc Replied to Heike 8 months ago

I have seen some and it was a great experience .....     https://500px.com/photo/234124883/vulture-by-francesc-ortiz-farre
Regards

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Heike Replied to Francesc 8 months ago

Ohhh I envy you !!!  Incredible shot!

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Francesc Replied to Heike 8 months ago

Thank you m f !!!

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Leon Linder 8 months ago

She really has a look and would love to see her run.smile

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Heike Replied to Leon Linder 8 months ago

Thank you, Leon. Oh yes, everybody is laughing when she runs from one falconer to the other instead of flighing. It's really worth seeing. smile

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Camellia Staab 8 months ago

WOW! My first impression/look I thought it was a mask. But reading your post, obviously, not. I really like what you did with it and personally, it stands out even more after reading the story behind Rosie. Pretty cool! 👏👏

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Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 8 months ago

Thank you Camellia. Rosie's head has a bit of a totem, so I can understand that you thought it's a mask. Thank god she is in excellent health. smile

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