If you want to capture the
essence of Africa photographically then vulture pictures must
form part of your portfolio. No safari will be complete without them
soaring majestically in vast circles on a thermal updraft on a heat hazy
Vulture Clean-up Operation in
They perform a very important function on the
African savannah making sure there is no carrion left to spread disease.
They scavenge almost exclusively but have been known to attack wounded or
newborn animals smaller than themselves.
Pictures On Safari
Your best opportunities for great pictures of
vultures on safari are going to occur if you come across a carcass
that they are busy feeding on.
At other times they are either a speck in a
dark blue sky or sitting nearly motionless in the uppermost branches
of a tree. Both are difficult to photograph unless you have a huge
catch them feeding or waiting to feed and you can get some good
close-ups and maybe some action shots too.
have seen lions chase away vultures from their kill many times as
the birds attempt to get some scraps.
watched them get revenge by actually chasing a cheetah away from a
gazelle it had just moments before hunted down. A group of these
ugly birds can be quite intimidating and they are pretty aggressive.
They squabble amongst themselves for food too and there is a
definite feeding hierarchy with size seemingly playing the
determining factor in who gets to eat first. The smaller vulture
species have to wait their turn as they get shouldered out the way
by larger cousins.
bald head is always a dead giveaway that a bird is a vulture and it
probably evolved this way because a feathered head would be
difficult to keep clean considering their feeding habits.
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