Griffon Vulture over Amsterdam city center!

I still can’t believe my luck yesterday. I was having a hangover breakfast with my roommates on our rooftop terrace at the Vijzelstraat when suddenly I saw a distant raptor heading our way. Even  without my bins it struck me as being very large. My hart started pumping, I raced inside, grabbed my bins and raced back to the terrace. It took me 5 seconds to re-find the bird and when I finally got my bins on it I almost made a backflip! GRIFFON VULTURE (VALE GIER)!!!!! Holy shit!! Panic took over as I tried to digibin (Making a photograph with your phone through your bins) the bird, this of course failed, much to the hilarity of my roommates. As soon as the bird had disappeared behind a rooftop I started texting like a maniac; hopefully some other birder south of my position was able to pick up this literally and figuratively huge bird. 5 Minutes later I received a liberating text-message from Laurens Steijn; he had the bird in the scope! It got crazier: the one bird got company by another Griffon and Laurens was able to make some distant photographs of the two together, mental!

 

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Griffon Vulture!!!! by Laurens Steijn

 

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frantic texting….

 

Later both birds were seen first near Weesp and 15 minutes later near Lopik, Utrecht.

 

To finish of this amazing day I also had a beautiful Black Kite (Zwarte Wouw) over the Vondelpark, also a very good bird especially if you consider that this all happened right in the middle of Amsterdam!

 

Happy Birding!

Arjan Dwarshuis
Arjan Dwarshuis
birding@arjandwarshuis.com