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To close for comfort? At least for a proper composition ;)
I promised you some pictures of my september trip to Catalonia. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to process them earlier. I hope this new selection is worth the wait!

The main focus in Catalonia was a family holiday with friends of ours, so my friend and I spent our limited photo time on gecko's and butterflies found around our temporary home on the coast and on vultures in the Pyrénées. The latter provided pretty awesome scenery from the lower foothills with the intense smell of grassland and seeing the high rugged peaks loom up from within the fog. On our way there we were even very luck to see a Common genet (Genetta genetta) cross the road!

The Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) themselves have quite some character. Their movement on the ground reminded me of the Skeksis in Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal. Up-close - and them being scavengers - it's a good thing smell isn't captured on photographs... ;)

It's great that so close to home there are completely new species to discover and study:

Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) smelling a photographer...  Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, 1/125, f/8, iso 250, handheld.
Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) smelling a photographer... Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, 1/125, f/8, iso 250, handheld.

A Black Kite (Milvus migrans) swooping in. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/320, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
A Black Kite (Milvus migrans) swooping in. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/320, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.

Swarms of Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) descending from their roosting spot in the fog. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/9, iso 200, tripod.
Swarms of Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) descending from their roosting spot in the fog. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/9, iso 200, tripod.

The stunning Foxy Emperor (Charaxes jasius). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/100, f/10, iso 640, handheld.
The stunning Foxy Emperor (Charaxes jasius). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/100, f/10, iso 640, handheld.

A Moorish Wall Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/125, f/3.5, iso 320, handheld.
A Moorish Wall Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/125, f/3.5, iso 320, handheld.

A Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) landing. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/6.3, iso 250, tripod.
A Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) landing. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/6.3, iso 250, tripod.

Common Ravens (Corvus corax) are the first on the scene. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
Common Ravens (Corvus corax) are the first on the scene. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.

Different feather patterns on a Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
Different feather patterns on a Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.

Moorish Wall Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica) on a street lantern. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, Canon Extender EF 1.4x III, 1/500, f/11, iso 400, tripod.
Moorish Wall Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica) on a street lantern. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, Canon Extender EF 1.4x III, 1/500, f/11, iso 400, tripod.

An Eurasian White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)? Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/100, f/10, iso 100, handheld.
An Eurasian White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)? Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/100, f/10, iso 100, handheld.

Hardly distinguishable. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/160, f/3.5, iso 320, handheld.
Hardly distinguishable. Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/160, f/3.5, iso 320, handheld.

An Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus). A curious Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/320, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
An Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus). A curious Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/320, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.

Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) against the backdrop of a small village. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/500, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) against the backdrop of a small village. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/500, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.

Morning rays of sun catching its eye. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/200, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
Morning rays of sun catching its eye. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/200, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.

A delicate Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/320, f/5.6, iso 100, handheld.
A delicate Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/320, f/5.6, iso 100, handheld.

Hidden among the rocks and lichens. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/250, f/4.5, iso 320, handheld.
Hidden among the rocks and lichens. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/250, f/4.5, iso 320, handheld.

A Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) in flight. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/7.1, iso 200, tripod.
A Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) in flight. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/7.1, iso 200, tripod.

A Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) checking out its surrounding. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/6.3, iso 200, tripod.
A Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) checking out its surrounding. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/6.3, iso 200, tripod.

Not that ugly after all? Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
Not that ugly after all? Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.

A Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/50, f/2.8, iso 320, handheld.
A Hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, 1/50, f/2.8, iso 320, handheld.

Silhouette of a Moorish Wall Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, Canon Extender EF 1.4x III, 1/500, f/11, iso 400, tripod.
Silhouette of a Moorish Wall Gecko (Tarentola mauritanica). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, Canon Extender EF 1.4x III, 1/500, f/11, iso 400, tripod.

Waiting... for what? Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/200, f/8, iso 200, tripod.
Waiting... for what? Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/200, f/8, iso 200, tripod.

A Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) grooming its feathers.  Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
A Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus) grooming its feathers. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/400, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.

King on the hill. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/250, f/5.6, iso 200, tripod.
King on the hill. Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/250, f/5.6, iso 200, tripod.

A curious Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/200, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
A curious Griffon Vulture (Gyps fulvus). Canon 5D MKIII, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM, 1/200, f/5.6, iso 100, tripod.
 


New photos: Catalonia