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Good morning....
Thank you so much for all the votes and great comments on my Young giraffe yesterday and apologies for calling him sillyBlush A big Thank you to Prabhas ant to Jenn (taggart) for their UA's, so grateful

Today a Lappet faced vulture, they are big birds growing to a height of 98-105cm,. They can weigh as much as 6.5-8kg and have a wingspan of 2.8m. They have been described as the most hideous birds in the world.
There are only 49 breeding pairs left in the area (around Kruger National park) They soar and glide at 50km/h and have a territory of 900 sq kms. They rarely interact with other pairs.
They are mostly always the last to arrive at a kill and are seen spiraling down from a very high height. They tend to eat the skin, tendons and ligaments which other vultures find hard to process therefore they do not go hungry by arriving late at a kill. I was in the process of capturing vultures flying in for the kill when I spotted him sitting to one side alone watching about 15 normal vultures attacking a kill waiting his turn, hence my high shutter speed. I did not want to waste time changing settings as they are such rare sightings. He was also quite far from us! Had my lens on full zoom.
Have a great Monday...GrinGrin

Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 G VR
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Aug 2013 - 10:51 AM
Focal Length:270mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/3200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:At the kill...
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:16 Sep 2013 - 6:22 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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Andysnapper e2 Member 6106 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 6:35 AM

They do have a very lizard look to them but I suppose that's where birds evolved from so its not surprising really.

This is actually a pretty good shot considering the conditions, some nice feather detail and you can see the face really well. Good shot Colleen, well spotted.


CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 6:37 AM

I don't think he's hideous, Colleen, and I'm sure him mum loves him Smile Another super wildlife capture. Carol

Hermanus  2 South Africa
16 Sep 2013 - 6:38 AM

Good morning Colleen !! This is a super capture of this Lappet faced vulture ! A great and informative write up on it too !! We have sunny skies here today - so I suppose the same holds true for you guys in Cape Town Smile

16 Sep 2013 - 6:51 AM

He is quite odd looking really - his pink face looks like mine after a bout of keep fit! Great image and informative write up Colleen. Smile

S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 6:53 AM


HarrietH e2 Member 4269 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
16 Sep 2013 - 7:03 AM

I like vultures, the ones we had sitting on our fence in Guine-Bissau were darker, but then the local people said they were souls of the dead back visiting, they would never harm them so we had - let us say - a lot of them. Lovely to see in the air, not so pretty on the fence but I grew fond of them.

ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 7:05 AM

An essential bird going about its duties.
Great shot, Colleen.

LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 7:06 AM

I like Vultures too, essential members of Nature's clean-up brigade. Thank you so much for giving us a view or this rare beast.

Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 7:43 AM

Great capture Colleen, I also like vultures, a bird nature designed for a specific taskSmile


NaturesHaven e2 Member 3260 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 7:44 AM

I like Vultures........they make a great re-cycling team............this one looks as if some of the chest feathers have been plucked........GrinGrinGrinGrin

WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
16 Sep 2013 - 8:23 AM

A magic capture colour and detail. Well done Colleen.

ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
16 Sep 2013 - 8:27 AM

''...They have been described as the most hideous birds in the world...''
Maybe God was in a bad mood when he created them ...?WinkLol
Good shot, Coleen!Smile
Regards Valery

canonfan e2 Member 4canonfan vcard United Kingdom
16 Sep 2013 - 8:29 AM

Lovely capture of this rare bird Colleen

kuvailija e2 Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
16 Sep 2013 - 8:30 AM

Vulture is korppikotka in Finnish,but i think you cant never meet a vulture in Finland,so this is very interesting,especiallywith all the facts that you told us ,Colleen! Very well done, thanks !GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin ----- Sunset Jukka.Tongue

jdinne  11 England
16 Sep 2013 - 9:13 AM

He looks a bit mean to me Colleen, great capture and wonderful narrative.


johnlw e2 Member 8johnlw vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 9:23 AM

Very nice capture of this fellow ColleenSmile
Regards John.

anglingandyq e2 Member 1anglingandyq vcard England
16 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM

Wonderful capture Colleen . cracking detail

16 Sep 2013 - 9:50 AM

Brilliant shot, excellent detail and colours


rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 10:04 AM

Vultures are threatened worldwide Colleen, a very good on the floor image of this rare species.

Jeddahknight111 e2 Member 2Jeddahknight111 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 10:26 AM

Super shot like it a lot well done!Smile

16 Sep 2013 - 10:33 AM

hmm a real muggly brute Colleen well captured


leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
16 Sep 2013 - 10:43 AM

Lovely capture of this bird Colleen.

Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 12:29 PM

Fascinating facts about this not so pretty bird.
It's wonderful that you can observe and understand bird/animal behaviour.

Jenny-D e2 Member 4Jenny-D vcard United Kingdom
16 Sep 2013 - 12:30 PM

Great capture Colleen.

Jenny Smile

16 Sep 2013 - 12:30 PM

I love vultures, this one is gorgeous!

mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 12:55 PM

He looks quite well fed Colleen,
so not surprised he is just watching the feast !!
Good shot.

NDODS e2 Member 43667 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 3:21 PM

When it came to giving out good looks this m pure chap was right at the end of the queue...

Although he has been very well photographed Colleen

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 3:26 PM

Beautiful birds to see in the wild, am a little green with envy Smile Do get the Egyptian Vulture around our part of Spain and some really cool wildlife, but there would be heaven for any wildlife photographer. Love your images, you capture their beauty so well.........John

TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 3:29 PM

Not the prettiest of birds, but a super capture, Colleen! Smile
Trev Smile

GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 3:49 PM

Fabulous capture, Colleen!

Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
16 Sep 2013 - 3:57 PM

That is some bird Colleen. Love the write up. Cathy

ali63 e2 Member 2527 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 3:59 PM

Well captured Colleen.

Ali Smile

Mike_Smith e2 Member 7204 forum postsMike_Smith vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 4:30 PM

Nice shot Colleen, so these are in decline in your area thats not many pairs left

SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 5:29 PM

Lovely capture.

capto e2 Member 21462 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 5:47 PM

Great info. I don't think I have seen a shot of one of these before, so well done.Smile


prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 5:56 PM

It is a sad situation in India Vultures almost gone. Due to extensive use of Diclofenac injection to cattle's.

Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2013 - 7:18 PM

Great shot and presentation, Colleen.


EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 8:57 PM

He looks rather handsome Colleen - a great image.

richmowil e2 Member 5279 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2013 - 10:21 PM

Super capture Colleen!!

Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
25 Sep 2013 - 10:06 PM

First time I have seen this kind of vulture, the mask is scary...

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