A Wake of Vultures


Now that is a great collective noun for vultures. They are also referred to as a colony, but boo, boring! These images are from one of my safaris in Botswana. I’ve recently been updating and re-sizing my images to match the new style of web gallery and so you’ll be seeing more of these images for a while. These vultures were all on a hippo carcass in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. We were in the Moremi Game Reserve and it was a safari for the ages. We saw everything and we saw it up close… I cannot wait to get back to Botswana, it is by far my favorite safari destination. In case you were curious: White-backed Vulture
  • Size: 4.2 to 7.2 kilograms (9.3–16 lb), it is 94 cm (37 in) long and has a 218 cm (86 in) wingspan
  • South Africa, the Zulu call African White-Backed Vulture Inge (The Purifier)
  • Hunts more by site than by smell
Hooded Vulture
  • size: 26 inches long, with a 5 1/2 foot wingspan
  • its latin name means, “a monk-like (bird) that drags away the dead”
[nggallery id=53] I did not have GPS capability when I made these images and so their exact area is not shown on the map, but you get the idea. If you are familiar with Moremi, these were all taken near Third Bridge. [xmlgm ngg_gallery=53]

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