Vultures and hyena come to mind when one thinks of the dustmen of the African Continent, but there are many smaller creatures that abound in the undergrowth, keeping our countryside clean!
These creatures pop out of the sand and gobble up dead animals washed up on the beach. I was amazed how quickly they found this dead squid…I mean, there are waves continually bashing in on the beach, and yet they still managed to get back to the carcass as soon as they could, only to deal with the next wave! This photograph was taken on a beach that will one day house a nuclear power station!
This is the road between West Nicholson and Beit Bridge traveling South from Bulawayo.
A cow was hit by a car, by the looks of things. We watched several other vehicles swerve around to avoid these vultures – they don’t get up off the ground very easily! We watched them for a while, took a few video. I especially liked how, when they reaslied they couldn’t fly off, they vomited up what was in their tummies! Then flew away and waited in the trees nearby.
I was very pleased to see a whole lot of vultures circling overhead recently at home – we havent seen vultures there for a long time. I think one of the tick dips we were using was killing them.
For more pics of vultures, please click here: taken at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary
Below is a pic of a jackal – When we were farming, these things were a pest – now I take photos of them!
His tummy looks pretty fat –
I don’t have any pics of a hyena yet – Ill post when I do!