• Crimean vultures
The largest representatives of the Crimean fauna of birds - black vulture and griffon vulture.
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4. When it comes to the vultures immediately come up in the imagination of "bloody" pictures of their feasts. The reason that the stereotype is that the easiest (although I would not say), and a popular way to remove these birds - to try to lure them to the bait. In some countries, it allows you to shoot at arm's length.
However, vultures and vultures, despite their lifestyles, are very clean and like to look after themselves. I was lucky to make this live. At the very least, for all the days that we spent at the watering, it is never empty. When more when less, but the bird flew always. Here's a bit from what we were fortunate to watch.
We are going to ambush at the dawn. Before - it makes little sense, and simply dangerous. Vultures and vultures, as a rule, do not appear at the watering before 11 hours. We climb into an ambush, we arrange the equipment and start bdit.
Closer to 12 hours usually arrive a few birds that quick drink, sit a little rest and immediately fly away on business. The bulk of stretching to approximately 14 hours. Roar upon landing Vultures is a terrible. You can not even look out the window, so it is impossible not to hear. When you sit is almost 8:00, involuntarily creeps in the thought that this time they found somewhere carrion never fly. But then there was the noise of the wings of vultures braking and as much heart jumps out of emotion. DAAAAAAAAAAAAA ... we Arrived !!!! Vultures, according to my observations, sit virtually silent. At least a couple of times it was so I looked out the window to see does not soar if someone in the sky, and ran across the bar who was sitting on some of the baths.
The maximum number of birds that flew - more than 40 vultures and about 20 vultures. This, of course, an unforgettable sight, but when there were no more than 10, then take off easier. There is not a desire to burst between baths.
5. The general view of one of the baths.
6. It was very interesting to see how these birds behave in their spare time, its business as usual. The overall system behavior is as follows: upon arrival begins clarify who is the most authoritative. I was within sight of the main bath 3 and about 4 less popular. Around the core usually begins struggle for the order: "You did not stand there," "I took yesterday."
7. Until serious fights does not reach, so a little jump on each other - and all. Then the winner or to swim, or just standing in the water. Others are waiting in the queue, elephants from one bath to another, checking out the winner in the moral stability. Oddly enough, but the most daring - it's youth. Just fearless. Often had to watch as the young vultures to drive away from the neck of water.
8. The process of cleaning and drying feathers begins after bathing. Still would! So to wet - it should be more to try. Just came a serious and majestic bird in the water, and left some obsosy.
11. Those who can not swim, just lie and relax, waiting until all the members of their family, or fellow colony gathered to leave. It is a powerful experience to see how close to you in the sun asleep vultures and vultures.
I'd love to see someone with rings. But, alas, it has not yet happened. Though take very marked.
Well, actually, very skinny. It is very peculiar. I remember when bathing small bird, and then a very different approach. First lowered into the water the tail and then the neck is put to one side and then shifted to another, and only then begins to splatter.
After leaving, they begin to open beak. It seems to me, in such a way as if they are "blown". As a person who lays his ears. But this is my opinion, can someone have their own thoughts on the matter.
It was interesting to catch vultures and vultures in flight is. In recent times already I knew when they will start. The main sign, before the start - somewhere in a minute, they tend to "throw" the excess weight.
12. Go under the wing, sweetie!
13. In cloudy weather, you can assess the degree of camouflage seeps. Their usual nesting places is the rock, and to them they were able to adjust ...
14. The birds scatter around 17 pm. At this time, the bath already leave in the shadow of the neighboring rocks, and the birds maybe it is time to return to their places of permanent deployment. At this time, we are beginning to gather. We need to get out before dark to dangerous sites.
Well, a few more pictures.
So what would end on a positive note ...
17. I'll be back!