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The BEEG guy

Lappet-faced Vulture, Aegypius tracheliotus Swartaasvoël,Vulnerable, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park~ D3S 6066

 

Kij Kij waterhole on the corner of the lower Dune Rd and the Nossob Rd was good to us on various occasions and it gave me the first usable shot for this Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the butt-shot of the Tawny Eagle. On this particular day that this photograph was taken, we once again parked below the Camelthorn tree on the Dune Rd side and set up the camera, watching the vultures. Several White-backed Vultures and two off Lappet-faced Vultures were in attendance when we arrived. Some of the vultures left but yours truly was too slow or focused elsewhere while they were leaving. Later on, we had only one WBV and the two LFV left. They were just hanging out and I took time too shoot them on the ground as the light was OK and one could nicely see how much bigger the LFV is than the more common WBV. They were sort of gearing up to go, when a fellow park user, not a nature lover, came roaring down the Nossob Rd and turned and stop right opposite the vultures with two of them immediately departing, and me hopping mad because I missed them on the take-off. This guy stayed a wee bit longer and I got 4 usable shots of him - two on the runway and two in the air. This is the second aerial shot. They are so large that they need a short run before they can take off. Needless to say, this was the end of the waterhole for that day too!

  

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Taken on September 12, 2011