Work of the bush cleanup crew:

White-backed Vulture on an Elephant carcass.

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Vultures and Drone!

This morning I had an excellent vulture sighting at Thanda Safari. At least fifty of these large birds were feeding of a Zebra carcass.

After I took lots of pictures with my cameras I tried to take some images with my drone. To my surprise the vultures ignored this ‘small bird’ and I was able to capture some interesting material from the air.

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I thought I share some of the pictures I took during my session with the vultures on the Buffalo carcass …

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… has a totally different meaning for vultures. Watch this short video clip with a White-backed Vulture emerging (very quickly) from inside a Buffalo carcass!

Taken yesterday at Thanda Safari.

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This Lapped-faced Vulture was grounded in today’s heavy rains, which gave me a chance to get a close-up portrait! … and it is still raining at Thanda …

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I have not often heard vultures to be that vocal. There was not much left of this Kudu kill and there were docents of vultures around competing for the food. Listen to their chattering and hissing sounds.

Enjoy your evening 😊

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A few people have asked me about the bird in the sunset shot I posted this morning. It was this Hooded Vulture. It was drinking at the waterhole before taking off into the sunset.

Have a good evening!

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This morning I had the perfect sighting to explain the members of the ‘bush cleanup crew’.

This important team is lead by Spotted Hyena and includes White-backed Vultures, Hooded Vultures, Black-Backes Jackals, Woolly-necked Storks and Pied Crows. I found all of them together in one sighting on the Thanda Safari savanna.

The Hyena was feeding on an Impala carcass and all the others tried to get bits and pieces as the Hyena dragged the animal remains around.

All of the creatures play a major role in keeping the bush tidy and clean.

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The Cleanup Crew