Description: another juvenile Whiteback from the same group as http://www.ispot.org.za/node/270085 observed late on the following day. This fellow is resting on a lower branch of a large tree after a good day of feasting, all the big trees in the area had contingents of fat vultures settling down for the night.
The adult birds appeared to take up positions higher in the canopy with younger birds on lower branches but perhaps that was just coincidental?
The bird towards the top in the penultimate photo is very pale suggesting it is a somewhat older individual
Description: juvenile Whitebacked vultures in a flock of predominantly Whitebacks lazily zeroing in on a prey item adult posted as http://www.ispot.org.za/node/270083 The whole group were still there 2 days later sitting in the taller trees in the area. http://www.ispot.org.za/node/270095 is of the same group at the end of the second day.
Description: group of Whitebacked vultures (+/- 40) circling over an extended portion of bush, closing in on a potential feast but in no rush to get there. These 2 were adults (plenty of white under the wings, also white on the back visible when birds turn away) but perhaps half the group were young birds. There was a single Lappet-faced vulture seen with the group, the mate may have been around but not seen, they are more frequently seen as a pair in the area see http://www.ispot.org.za/node/270082
Description: Lappet-faced Vulture circling with a group of Whitebacks posted in http://www.ispot.org.za/node/270083
http://www.ispot.org.za/node/270091 is probably the same Lappetface settling down for the night on the following evening after they had all feasted
Description: Thula Thula has the largest breeding population of white-backed vultures in Kwa-Zulu Natal. We were able to see four pairs, most sitting on or near their nests, but two flew low over over heads. these truly are majestic birds.