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#1 Tom Kellie

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 01:48 PM

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Trigonoceps occipitalis in Flight

 
Photographed at 3:11 pm on 7 February, 2014 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
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Flying along the course of the Mara River was a solitary bird with a broad wingspan. Watching its powerful wingstrokes I wondered what species flew with such grace.
 
It was Trigonoceps occipitalis, White-headed Vulture. The wingtip feathers riffled ever so slightly, enabling the great bird to make a gentle turn towards the direction from which it had come.
 
 

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 05:16 PM

Lovely flight shot @Tom Kellie

This species is the one I have wanted to see for a long time. Photo doesn't do him justice. A magnificent bearded vulture or lammergeyer. Taken along the Balang Shan Pass in Sichuan on the way up to the Tibetan Plateaux.
15833522960_89fa9b2238_z.jpgPB090254 Lammergeir by Jo Dale, on Flickr
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 05:22 PM

Up in Ruoergai we came across a dead dog- yet another road casualty. Feeding on it were ravens and this impressive Himalayan Griffon who allowed a very close approach from our vehicle.

Both shots with Olympus E-5 and 50-200 lens.

15884002438_67181e95b9_z.jpgPB131261 Himalayan Griffon by Jo Dale, on Flickr
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Posted 01 June 2015 - 09:25 PM

White-backed Vultures at Mana Pools 2010

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 10:35 PM

Black backed Jackal and vultures in Kruger National Park, near Satara.Olympus E-620, 50-200 ed lens and 1.4 extender. Iso 640, 1/2000 sec at 283 mm f 4.9.


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 12:45 AM

Lovely flight shot @Tom Kellie

This species is the one I have wanted to see for a long time. Photo doesn't do him justice. A magnificent bearded vulture or lammergeyer. Taken along the Balang Shan Pass in Sichuan on the way up to the Tibetan Plateaux.

 

~ @kittykat23uk

 

Thank you very much!

 

Vulture flight makes stunning images, as your bearded vulture shows.

 

It's ironic that you photographed one in the country where I live, yet the only one that I've ever seen was in central Kenya!

 

I'm thrilled that the ‘Show us your vultures...’ forum is coming to life.

 

They're such ecologically vital species, as well as having a beauty while flying that's uniquely theirs.

 

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 12:47 AM

White-backed Vultures at Mana Pools 2010

 

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That's quite a crowd of vultures!

 

Great image!

 

Were they so closely together because of carrion on the ground?

 

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 12:50 AM

Black backed Jackal and vultures in Kruger National Park, near Satara.Olympus E-620, 50-200 ed lens and 1.4 extender. Iso 640, 1/2000 sec at 283 mm f 4.9.

 

~ @kittykat23uk

 

Is the jackal smallish, or are the vultures fairly sizable?

 

In any case, a fascinating ‘species interaction’ image.

 

It's very helpful to know the camera settings — thank you!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 08:52 AM

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Torgos tracheliotus Atop a Tree

 
Photographed at 4:19 pm on 7 February, 2014 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 100, 1/400 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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From my first safari, in Masai Mara in August, 2011, until the present, I've had an affinity for Torgos tracheliotus, Lappet-faced Vulture. Whenever they're spotted I smile.
 
My first-ever morning game drive included lengthy observation of several Torgos tracheliotus feasting on a carcass. I admired their powerful wings and intense eyes. 
 
Spotting these two at the conclusion of an all-day game drive, I was grateful that weary Anthony obliged me for this image of a bird I look forward to seeing in each visit.

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 07:50 PM

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) soaring over the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina:

 

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Here is a Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) that visited my backyard birdbath a couple of summers ago.  She is showing a brood patch, so she was apparently nesting at the time.

 

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 06:58 AM

Lappet-faced vulture (Mara Triangle)

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 09:21 AM

@Bush dog

That is a beautiful picture of the Lappet-faced vulture - it works really well in black and white - it brings out the textures so clearly. A very handsome bird.


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Posted 22 June 2015 - 10:23 AM

@TonyQ

 

Thanks!  It's in fact one of my favorite portraits.  It works better in B&W than in colours.


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Posted 02 July 2015 - 03:33 PM

White-backed vulture feeding on a Thompson's gazelle, while the leopard is temporarily away (Serengeti).

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 01:50 PM

Lappet-faced vulture (Masai Mara)

 

 

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 02:06 PM

White-backed vulture feeding on a Thompson's gazelle, while the leopard is temporarily away (Serengeti).

 

~ @Bush dog

 

Any closer or clearer and I'd have to cover my face with my hands for fear that my big nose or old eyes might be plucked!

 

Superlative images of exceptional quality!

 

It's so nice of you to share these with us on Safaritalk.

 

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 09:42 PM

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Lappet-faced Vulture Aloft

 

Photographed at 9:40 am on 22 January, 2013 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L IS telephoto lens + EF 2x extender.

 

ISO 100, 1/400 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual Exposure.

 

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We'd driven past a leopard kill hanging from a tree limb in an area near a small stream. Far overhead vultures were circling from three different species.

 

A couple of the vultures dropped to a lower altitude and passed directly over the safari van. This Lappet-faced Vulture was an impressive sight passing overhead.


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Posted 01 August 2015 - 08:52 PM

Turkey Vulture posing on a telephone pole:

 

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 11:31 PM

Turkey vultures drying their wings at Point Lobos this morning.

 

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 12:07 PM

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A Welcome Sight

 
Photographed at 5:00 pm on 2 May, 2015 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 3200, 1/8000 sec., f/8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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Ever since reading a post by @Safaridude about the decline in vulture populations, I've become ‘vulture conscious’ on safari. I never pass up the opportunity to observe and photograph vultures.
 
I'd wondered how Masai Mara's vultures were faring, so felt encouraged to see these vultures with others. There's a certain austere nobility about vultures which appeals to me.
 
 

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