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A view to a kill....

By ColleenA
Good morning....

I would like to thank Ron (Rontear) and Anthony (Spring2bok) for their UA's much appreciated....
I am glad you all liked the wild dogs, today I finish their story.

The day before on our game drive we saw vultures circling in the sky and discovered the dogs at a kill. There were hundreds of vultures sitting in trees and on the ground waiting to feast. The dogs were still lying too close to the carcass for the vultures to dare come forward. Most of the dogs were fast asleep with full tummies.
V1 uncropped view of the vultures in a dead tree. V4 + 5 are of the kill and V6 let sleeping dogs of the youngsters fast asleep with a smile on his face GrinGrin
Have a nice dayGrinGrin

Tags: Wildlife and nature African Wild Dogs Cape vultures

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6 Feb 2014 5:27AM
Red in tooth and claw - magnificent series, Colleen.

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bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 6:25AM
Thats a great set Colleen well taken.
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
6 Feb 2014 6:28AM
You can almost feel the tension in the vultures, waiting for the dogs to move on. Great set Colleen.

CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
6 Feb 2014 6:42AM
A super series, Colleen, vultures do an excellent job of clearing the land of unwanted carcasses, but not before the dogs have had their fill. Love the contentment in V.6. Carol
mistere Plus
3 1 3 England
6 Feb 2014 6:53AM
Great set Colleen, the vultures look like a meeting of our local WI.
Nice Work.

Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 7:08AM
Excellently documented Colleen. Like bees round a honeypot - maybe not as sweet!! Wink

SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 7:20AM
Super set Colleen, love the last one he's well stuffed.
Mike_Young 10 12 9 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 7:29AM
Another splendid set of images, all visually stunning and educationally interesting.
These images really get to me Colleen, I find them to be spectacular and better than any documentary..amazing behind the scenes photography.

Lynette Grin
7 10 10 England
6 Feb 2014 8:07AM
Very impressive set Colleen - like V6 - full tummy and sweet dreams.Grin
Another super set of images Colleen,
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 8:15AM
A great set of images which combined with Simon's would make for a superb documentary...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
6 Feb 2014 8:29AM
..... and life goes on..........................
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 8:47AM
A great set Colleen, I wonder how long the vultures had to wait?Smile

Superb set of images, Colleen. Your series on wild dogs & vultures made compelling reportage.
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
6 Feb 2014 8:57AM

Quote:A great set Colleen, I wonder how long the vultures had to wait?Smile

Most probably till nightfall when the heat of the day ended and the dogs moved on.
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
6 Feb 2014 9:02AM
A good set images Colleen
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
6 Feb 2014 9:34AM
Nature in the raw. v6 is a fine ending... bliss.

Well done Colleen,really good sequence,happy to tip you over the 30 for this fine set.
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 9:43AM
Nice to have a happy ending in V6. This has been a wonderful series Colleen. Congratulations. GrinGrinGrin Peter.
6 Feb 2014 9:55AM
Excellent series Colleen, Love V 6 he does look like he is smiling GrinGrin
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
6 Feb 2014 10:15AM
A splendid set of lovely images Colleen!! Demonstrates well how one specie is reliant upon another specie!!
Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 10:46AM
A set of images which evoke many feelings - sadness that we carnivores do exactly the same - the dead carcass -
the satisfied look of the sleeping dog and the waiting vultures!
I like V3 best from a photographic point of view but he others tell the story.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
I know its the circle of life but sometimes it does seem rather harsh, that said they are still a great set of images.

Mary Grin
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 11:15AM
Great set of what really goes on Colleen
well captured and write up too
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
6 Feb 2014 11:46AM
Another great set, Colleen, and a fine finish to this series Smile I rather like V6 - it looks so contented! Wink
Trev Smile
a tremendous set and it tells the full stoty..

gwynn56 4 87 England
6 Feb 2014 12:49PM
at first i thought something had attacked the dogs Sad
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 1:01PM
Beautiful images,

6 Feb 2014 1:57PM
Excellent documentary captures, Colleen! Great work!
6 Feb 2014 2:08PM
Fabulous captures Colleen. I do like vultures GrinGrin

LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 2:16PM
A fabulous series showing nature at work. The delightful thing about the natural world is that nothing is wasted. First the predators, then the carrion eaters, later smaller scavengers then the flies move in and complete the clean up. It is wonderful. I wish that humans were less wasteful.
debu 6 India
6 Feb 2014 2:45PM
Superb set!
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
6 Feb 2014 2:47PM
An astonishing set of images!
capto Plus
4 4.0k 8 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 4:16PM
Brilliant set.Smile

EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 6:16PM
Interesting setSmile

viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2014 7:22PM
Great images Colleen and all part of a story. Love the images of the vultures in the tree.

6 Feb 2014 7:45PM
A great set of images again Colleen.

Jenny Smile
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 328 England
6 Feb 2014 8:20PM
A very nice set showing life (and death) on the plains.
I quite like vultures, not so keen on hyenas, but both a vital part of the ecosystem Smile
Great set Colleen. Love V6. He does look as though he is smiling. Cathy
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
6 Feb 2014 8:28PM
They are wild dogs Keith not hyenas. Grin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
6 Feb 2014 8:57PM
An excellent documentary series taken in the African bush, a fascinating one to view. I watched that programme on vultures last night, they are invaluable to the ecosystem, without them diseases are spread and watercourses are contaminated which leads to peoples deaths
More great shots and vultures to boot (I love vultures)! How wonderful.
Six lovely captures. All your depths are spot on. Well done Colleen.
Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
7 Feb 2014 4:03AM
Wild life in action lovely capture of all variants.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2014 10:13AM
AMAZING! V1 and V6 are favorites... Good nature shots...
senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
7 Feb 2014 6:30PM
like V3 and V6 .. you're so lucky to observe all these

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