White backed Vulture
|Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate)
|Date Taken: 2012-01-15|
|Camera: Canon 7D, Canon 500mm f4 L IS|
|Exposure: f/4.5, 1/4000 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2012-03-30 13:31|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|African White backed Vulture Gyps africanus|
Conservation: This has been the most common vulture African vulture species, occurring throughout sub-Saharan regions except in dense forest and very arid habitats. Recently, Rondeau and Thiollay (2004) and Thiollay (2006) reported alarming declines in numbers in West Africa in unprotected areas, and similar drastic declines have been documented in East Africa by Virani et al. (2011). These declines were attributed to land use changes and poisoning. The White-backed Vulture was recently uplisted to Near Threatened by BirdLife International, but it would be more appropriate to regard it as Vulnerable (Virani et al. op cit.)
Population Estimates: The total global population was estimated at about 270,000 individuals, including 100,000 breeding pairs by Mundy et al. (1992), but it may be more than an order of magnitude lower by now.
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- [2012-03-30 14:30]
I like the crop you made. Very sharp details in this shot and fine colors. A very natural photo with a smooth background.
A perfect shot - though I could not like the crop. Not concerned of the wing but a little legroom below would have made landing safer.
great focus and subject under harsh african light
A Beautiful capture of the African White backed Vulture. Despite the difficult light conditions the image is perfectly detailed with good natural colours taken from a great POV. Well done my friend.
Great clear shot of the head and chest. Would have loved to see more of it. Tfs
The focus on the bird's head is superb
showing us the expression on its glance, TFS