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Cape vulture

By ColleenA
Good morning,

Thank you for all the c &c's and especially to Prabhas (prabhusinha), Uma (Ukgubbi) and Carol (Caziwinkles) for their UA's, I was chuffed.

Today I have a few vultures for you.
Vultures are the ultimate recyclers- able to strip a carcass in just a few hours, they keep the environment clean and disease free.
Vultures are known for their very strong stomach acids which can destroy bacteria, including cholera and anthrax, that would prove deadly to many other species.
They also carry special antibodies to help them tackle botulism toxins that even if the illness killed their prey, the vultures can eat it without negative effects.
The Cape vulture is found mainly in South Africa, Lesotho and Namibia. The average length is about 96-115cm with a wingspan of 2.26-2.6m and a weight of 7-11kg.
They are the largest raptor in Africa. Their species is listed as Vulnerable, the major problems it faces is poisoning and powerline electrocution. Vultures only lay one egg a year. A vulture can eat upto 1kg of meat in a sitting.
The last version is to show you how high in the sky they circle looking for kills. V1 is not pin sharp, but want to show you what they look like close up. These were taken on a windy dark overcast morning. All my wild life images are handheld.
have a nice day....GrinGrin

Tags: Vulture Wildlife and nature

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Great series. Love the grumpy looking fellow on v1. Grin What is he thinking? 'there she is again, clicking away. pesky photographers' LOL

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3 Feb 2014 5:41AM
The are endangered in INDIA.
3 Feb 2014 5:44AM
That green esp in v4 is superb, hats up for ur photography skill.
A truly wonderful set Colleen! Love the write up, very interesting.

Terrific photography!!!

Lynette Grin
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
3 Feb 2014 6:32AM
A very good and interesting series Colleen. Not the most attractive of birds but designed to do a job and they do it very well indeed.

CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
3 Feb 2014 6:35AM
Excellent clean-up merchants, Colleen, and I think he looks so cute in V.1. A superb set. Carol
3 Feb 2014 6:46AM
I love vultures. I became very fond of them in Guine-Bissau. Just as well, as they would sit on our back fence and stare at us. The Guineans say they are the souls of their deceased loved ones and would never harm them.
They are not very beautiful up close but in the sky they are superb.
Actually this little fellow is cute, I bet his mother loves him anyway.
Hand held? My way too. Tripods are a nuisance, good, but a nuisance. Your images certainly don't need them and perhaps an elephant or lion would not appreciate your setting up a tripod to take their portraits. GrinGrin
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 6:56AM
wonderful set colleen brilliant detail super tones and colours v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
Caziwinkles 4 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 7:06AM
Very interesting writing to complement these amazing images Colleen. Smile

SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 7:23AM
Beautiful capture's.Smile
Mike_Young 10 12 9 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 7:30AM
A marvellous set of images Colleen, all of them are super, but V5 is particularly special, very well done
debu 6 India
3 Feb 2014 7:34AM
Lovely set of images,Vi and V5 for me.
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
3 Feb 2014 7:38AM
Just been a documentary on BBC TV about them and their decline is causing ecological problems. Excellent images Colleen.

Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 7:39AM
Great collection of pictures Colleen, with an interesting narrative. GrinGrin Peter.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
3 Feb 2014 7:43AM
A very interesting narrative to accompany this set of shots, packed with info that is new to me.
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
3 Feb 2014 7:52AM
A fabulous set, Colleen. My favourites are v1 and V5.
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 7:58AM
Impressive series, wonderful birds.
3 Feb 2014 8:03AM
A set of really interesting images
Cant imagine any other way of taking a photo rather than handheld
Thats where the excitement of photography is for me
and yes ... lots of blurred images
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 8:20AM
Excellent images Colleen. V5 my favourite.

CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 8:29AM

Quote:Just been a documentary on BBC TV about them and their decline is causing ecological problems. Excellent images Colleen.

I watched this too, poisoning is reducing their numbers and endangering nature's balance.
Good captures Colleen.
Pleased to make it 30 for this fine set Colleen,
7 10 10 England
3 Feb 2014 9:00AM
An excellent set of this large raptor which does such a useful clear up task.Grin
3 Feb 2014 9:29AM
Great creatures for re-cycling...........GrinGrinGrin
Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
3 Feb 2014 9:56AM
Wild life in action,very good efforts and hard work.
3 Feb 2014 10:02AM
An excellent series, Colleen - V5 is superbly captured.
A very informative write up, too.
lesliea 7 2 Australia
3 Feb 2014 10:21AM
Beautiful sets of images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 10:41AM
Wonderful images Colleen,

Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 11:01AM
Interesting and educational as ever.
I do like V1 aesthetically - soft or not!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Great set of images V1 and 5 are my favorite.

Mary Grin
Tish1 Plus
3 16 2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 11:25AM
Great write up Colleen, for ugly cretins they are very photogenic, if you know what I mean. V5 is a great image.

Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 11:32AM
Great write up for this great set of images Colleen, nice touch with the vultures circleing(V7) and great in flight capture in V5Smile

rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
3 Feb 2014 11:46AM
Excellent set Colleen, endangered dustbin men of the wild.
3 Feb 2014 12:13PM
A fascinating set of images Colleen. I especially love V1 and V6.
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 12:14PM
A very well observed, composed, exposed and captured set of quite amazing images with spectacular colour and incredible pin sharp detail Colleen.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 1:26PM
Only a mother could love him! Great captures! Grin
Some lovely captures in this seven. Your setting are consistent and the Spot metering seems to work well with them settings. Well done Colleen.
A beautiful close-up. Excellent.
V5 is my absolute favourite. ! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin--- In flight images is a very difficult sport.- I know , i have tried.- This one is a perfect image !GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Very well done , Colleen! GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin ---Jukka.Smile
myrab 10 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 4:21PM
A good set Colleen, v1 may not be quite sharp but I love it.

TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
3 Feb 2014 4:22PM
Not something we see around here in Wakefield! I caught part of a documentary on TV 2 or 3 days ago about vultures, and they seemed to do a lot of squabbling over their food, even though there was plenty to go at! Great set, Colleen, with V1 being my fave Wink
Trev Smile
saltireblue Plus
6 6.0k 33 Norway
3 Feb 2014 4:41PM
Strange to think of vultures as being endangered, Learned something new today thanks to you, Colleen. #! is the best to lead with - looks as if he wasn't in a very good mood!

carper123 Plus
4 927 8 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 4:55PM
Excellent set of variants on a theme, nice one, Colleen.
Darryl. Smile x
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 5:27PM
Beautiful and very useful members of nature's clean up brigade very nicely captured. I'm torn between 3 & 5 as a favourite.
3 Feb 2014 5:52PM
V1 stands out for me, Colleen.

EileenH 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 6:58PM
Lovely interesting set Smile

Stunning set of images, Colleen. I think your beautiful images and narrative have encapsulated perfectly, the essence of this intelligent (and much maligned) animal who are, like sharks are the ultimate evolutionary success story. I didn't realise that the species only lays one egg. However, I heard on the TV that both parents are needed to raise their offspring, otherwise, the chance of it surviving is less than 50%.

gss 2 1 Romania
3 Feb 2014 7:34PM
V5 is an absolutely picture perfect! Beautiful all set!
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 8:09PM
Super set Colleen, full of interest too
I think vultures are beautiful, and you have captured all the iconic images of them here. Wonderful set - very well thought out.
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
3 Feb 2014 8:35PM
A good set of very interesting images Colleen!! V4 is my favourite!!
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2014 9:24PM
Fab set Colleen fell in love with these birds after watching a documentary on bbc2 the other day
3 Feb 2014 10:05PM
Lovely set Collen with a great write up. V5 my favourite. Cathy
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
3 Feb 2014 10:32PM
Not the prettiest of birds Colleen,
but a good set for that !!
4 Feb 2014 2:13AM
Super set of images. All are excellent. V3 in natural habitat is my fav.
cheesey 10 2 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2014 8:46PM
Cracking set of shots Colleen, very nicely captured.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
5 Feb 2014 8:14PM
A terrific set of images of natures refuse collectors, I must catch up later with that documentary Rob has mentioned as I was out at the time.
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 329 England
9 Feb 2014 7:58PM
I like vultures, and your write up shows them in a positive light.

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