Oriol Alamany - Egyptian Vultures, sand and shadows


A couple of Egyptian Vultures watch the coast of the Yemeni island of Socotra perched on a huge white sand dune. These dunes have been lifted by strong winds that hit this island during the monsoon and accumulate massive amounts of sand at the foot of the cliffs of its northern coast. The photograph was taken when working in an article about this spot in the Indian Ocean.

What interested me was the texture of the sand broken by the traces of the vultures enhanced by the afternoon light, and the shadows of the two birds projected towards the bottom of the image.

Location: Socotra island, Yemen

Tags: asia, birds, dune, egyptian vulture, Indian ocean, island, oriol alamany, sand, shadowyemen, socotra, soqotra, suqotra

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  1. Espen Bergersen said:

    10/03/2012 09:19

    Nice shot! The shadows are really nice. It looks like the picture is shot from air, but i guess it's just an illusion.

  2. Oriol Alamany said:

    10/03/2012 10:37

    Hi Espen, no, it's taken from below at the foot of the step dune.

  3. Geir Ole said:

    11/03/2012 00:47

    Beautiful! The shadows really makes it :)

  4. Bruno said:

    20/03/2012 23:36

    Oriol, I loved it the first time I saw it. I think it was on your website or in your blog. When less is more and the context says it all about one species. Great intuition.