Vultures in flight…

I’ve not yet managed to get a decent shot of a bird flying – so this post is simply a chronicle of my journey…VulturesYeah yeah, I know his feathers are blurred…Vultures

These vultures don’t appear to be too accommodating to new arrivals. We watched them fly in, eat a little, have a scrap with another vulture and fly off again to the other side of the pan.
VulturesEven flying against the fairly strong wind, this vulture pictured above is a ropey looking creature. It appears getting off the ground with a full stomach isn’t easy.

VulturesThis guy is beating up another vulture (I think…I can’t imagine he would be getting friendly on top of a dirty stinky carcass!) I love the little white spot on his wings.




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bulldog - 30. Oct, 2014 - Reply

Such graceful flyers yet so difficult to capture in flight…

frankiekay - 30. Oct, 2014 - Reply

My “in flight” pics have been pretty dismal so far – someone told me to try the ‘sports’ setting on my camera and all these were taken in that mode (changing back every time I wanted to take the Rhino) but a combination of the distance (pretty full zoom) and my unsteadiness resulted in these rather blurred images! However, they are mine, and some sort of a record of progress – one day, Ill get some better ones, add them to this post!. The strong wind at the pan wasn’t helping either their flying, or my steadiness!
I still want to capture the ungainly landing of go’way birds on a windy day – I sometimes wonder how on earth they stay afloat!
I have always loved to watch these birds at work, marveled at the way they pick a carcass clean, just always wondered why nature felt the need to make all carrion animals so ugly!

Suki - 30. Oct, 2014 - Reply

The hoovers of the bird world, Really not pretty but they do such a good job. Immense wing spans.

frankiekay - 30. Oct, 2014 - Reply

We used to use them to see when we had a dead animal on the farm – Ive always been amazed how they spot a carcass. Sometimes we were even alerted to a very sick cow by these guys…

Suki - 30. Oct, 2014 - Reply

They are clever and as you say should be prettier. S

In Greek mythology, the Vulture is the descendant of the Griffin. The Egyptian Goddess Maat is usually depicted with the wings of a Vulture. Maat is the personification of the order of the world. She and her totem represented the norm of things, the way the universe worked, the conduct of its creatures. They represented morality, justice, social and cosmic order — the balance and harmony of the universe.
To the Pueblo Indians, the Vulture was the symbol of purification. Its medicine would restore harmony to that which had been broken. They used Vulture feathers for grounding during shape shifting ceremonies to make sure that they would return to their own body and mind. The Vulture also dispelled evil, discharm objects and recover slain warriors.(Totem animals ref)

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