A Vulture Landscape – 12 months in Extremadura
A Vulture Landscape – 12 months in Extremadura follows a year in the lives of these huge, magnificent birds that make this part of southern Europe their home.
About the photographer
Ian Parsons spent twenty years working as a Ranger, before he set up his specialised bird tour business, Griffon Holidays. He based the business in the bird rich paradise of Extremadura in central Spain, a region he first visited in the early 1990s, seeing his first ever vulture there and changing his life forever. Ian regularly writes articles for Bird Watching magazine and is a keen conservationist and wildlife lover, with a particular fondness for all things vulturine.
About the book
The book looks at how the vultures of Southern Europe, and their cousins in the wider world, fit in to the modern world in which we live, along the way the book also introduces many of the other wildlife species that share Europe’s vulture landscape with these masters of the air.
The griffon, the black and the Egyptian vulture are the three main protagonists of A Vulture Landscape – 12 months in Extremadura, they’re specialist birds performing a vital role in their landscape, vultures are nature’s environmental cleansers. Amongst the most flight efficient of all birds, they are fabulous to watch as they use their broad, sail like wings to ride the rivers of air without expending any energy.
They will fly hundreds of kilometres every day over the landscape of Extremadura, a landscape of rocky ridges, gorge like rivers and rolling plains. Both the vultures and the landscape in which they live are an exhilarating joy.
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