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Copyright: Vivian Droog (viv) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Konika Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm f/5-6.3 AF APO Ultra DG, Soligor UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-11 3:33
Viewed: 4434
Points: 10
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The White-backed Vulture, Gyps africanus, is an Old World vulture in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is closely related to the European Griffon Vulture, G. fulvus. Sometimes it is called African White-backed Vulture to distinguish it from the Oriental White-backed Vulture – nowadays usually called Indian White-rumped Vulture – to which it was formerly believed to be closely related.

The White-backed Vulture is a typical vulture, with only down feathers on the head and neck, very broad wings and short tail feathers. It has a white neck ruff. The adult’s whitish back contrasts with the otherwise dark plumage. Juveniles are largely dark. This is a medium-sized vulture; its body mass is 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.[1]

Like other vultures it is a scavenger, feeding mostly from carcasses of animals which it finds by soaring over savannah and around human habitation. It often moves in flocks. It breeds in trees on the savannah of west and east Africa, laying one egg. The population is mostly resident.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-03-11 6:08]

Hi viv,

A very sharp and well detailed picture,the oof branches are some distracting but overall a beauty to look at,thanks


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-03-11 10:43]

Impressive picture, although I would remove that branch in the left-hand corner. Gary

Hello Vivian;
what a wonderful picture of White-backed Vulture taken from an excellent POV, the sharpness is outstanding, impressive details of this fierce bird of prey, marvellous colours in a very nice composition.
best regards

Hy Vivian
Very impressive birds on this branch. I don't like this species, but your picture si amazing: the plumage it seems so soft with realistic colors. Excellent details on the head, beak and nek.
Kind regards, Oana

A stunning photo of this White-backed Vulture. You have really done a wonderful job of capturing such intricacy in the feathers and features. Such beautiful colorations in their feathers, too. And the tree branch they are perched on lends to the overall affect of this great shot. Very nicely done.

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