Griffon vulture, one of Nature’s garbage disposal units

Not just eagles capture our admiring gaze as they soar gracefully over Los Castanos. In greater numbers we see griffon vultures, the largest European bird with a wingspan up to 9 feet.

We frequently see griffons in the air, rising on the thermals and sweeping off through the Alto Genal valley in search of a meal. Seldom seen close up or on the ground, a large group gathered yesterday just by the road into the valley. We were fortunate to come upon them as they hungrily devoured their scavenged lunch.

Soaring overhead they are magnificent and elegant but, as the clip illustrates, on the ground they are just garbage disposal units.