As mentioned before, we were on the S39 – just left the Timbivati picnic spot and driving towards the H7 enjoying the scenery with only a few kms on the road, we saw the quite a number of vultures circling the air and then descending in a circle formation down to the ground. Then we arrived at the spot, close to the road where an elephant carcass with the skin still attached was lying. It was covered with vultures. I have read something about the dead elephant and that the tusks were removed by the rangers leaving the carcass as food for the predators and vultures – maybe someone knows something more about this
Well, here car alone and sitting at ’Airport D’vulture’
as I like to call it. We were car alone and had the sighting all to ourselves late morning whilst the sun baking down on us, thankfully we had air-con in the car that we switched on from time to time. We had spent quite a bit of time at ‘Airport D’vulture’
, where we observed how vultures, both Lappet-faced and White-backed, continuously coming down to land and others taking off in our direction. It was a wonderful sight to see. But let the photos tell the story ….
White-back vultures sitting on the carcass and some were eating.
Lappet-faced vulture taking off...
Landing strip: These ones were coming down to land and all of them came from the one direction as if they were landing against the wind as airplanes do. This happened continuously…
Taking off – the runway: all of the vultures taking off went the opposite direction – as could be seen i.e. in our direction…
After quite some time enjoying this interesting sighting we were on our way back to camp and passed the mega lion pride once again, but visability still poor. It is about lunch time and we did a nice healthy cucumber-lettace-tomato-cheese-and-ham sandwich and rested a bit. SO and the little one went for a swim and I did a short solo drive on the S100. The afternoon, we again had some good sightings and that will be shared tomorrow…
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