Sunday, 13 March 2011

Highest flying bird.

Ruppell's Griffon VultureImage by Richard Towell via Flickr

Ruppell's Griffon VultureImage by Richard Towell via Flickr

Rueppell's Griffon  Vulture (Gyps rueppellii)Image by Lip Kee via Flickr

From central Africa.

The highest flying bird was a kind of vulture called the Rüppell's Griffon. On November 29, 1975, one of these intrepid fellows was sucked into a jet engine 37,900 feet above the Ivory Coast. No-one was hurt. Aside from the vulture.

This altitude is over a mile and a half higher than the summit of Mount Everest! Imagine climbing up the tallest mountain in the world, only to take out your binoculars to see a bird soaring far above you.

2 comments:

  1. I could not imagine climbing the tallest mountain in the world!

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  2. Neither could I, if I'm honest. I might try imagining I'm someone else, maybe even someone who already has climbed the tallest mountain, and see how I get on from there.

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