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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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One of 2005 (didn't knew I had this one in the archive)

Black shouldered Kites, each with prey

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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Great shot of the kites! Thank you for sharing!

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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Great Kites images with prey.......superb moment captured eos5d :clap: :clap:

Morning pose against a blue sky...

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Great shot, Jan!

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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Thank you jaffles for the comment... :dance: :dance:

Lappet-faced Vulture

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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These pictures are all simply stunning! Thank you all for sharing! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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Stunning picture Jan!

The details of the feathers around its neck and on its back are amazing, beautiful!
I am not sure about it but I think numbers of this beautiful vulture are declining, we see them less and less on our trips :( :(

Thanks a lot for sharing!

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According to Wikipedia eos5d:

The Lappet-faced Vulture's world population is believed to have decreased perceptibly. They are declining in Sahel and several parts of their southern, northern and western distribution in Africa. They are apparently currently stable in Arabia but have a small population there and have been expirated from Israel as a breeding bird. The declines are almost entirely due to human activities, including disturbances from habitat destruction and cultivation, disturbances at the nesting site (to which the species is reportedly quite sensitive) and ingestion of pesticides, which are usually set out for jackals and other small mammalian carnivores.[1] Domestic cattle, who have replaced natural prey over much of the range, are now often sold off, rather than abandoned, due to the proliferation of markets and abattoirs and rarely left to die and be consumed by vultures.[1] Lappet-faced Vultures are also sometimes victims of direct persecution, including shooting and the use of strychnine and other poisons. In Namibia, 86 Lappet-faced Vultures were poisoned at once via a group of cattle carcasses, because the farmers erroneously believed they were killing and eating the cattle. In some cases the poisoning is done by poachers, who fear the presence of vultures will alert authorities to their activities, the illegal killings of protected species.[1] They are considered Vulnerable at the species level, with an estimated world population of under 9,000 individuals.

Birdlife International states:

Population justification

The African population is at least 8,000 individuals, and there may be 500 in the Middle East. This gives a total population of at least 8,500 individuals, roughly equivalent to 5,700 mature individuals.

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Widespread accidental poisoning, largely due to strychnine, used by many farmers for predator control, and more recently carbofuran, has contributed significantly to declines (Brown 1986, P. Hall in litt. 2000, Otieno et al. 2010, C. Kendall in litt. 2012). Several T. tracheliotos were found to have died after feeding on the carcass of a poisoned jackal in Namibia (Komen 2009). It is also often mistakenly persecuted as a livestock predator (Brown 1986): one major deliberate poisoning incident killed 86 individuals in Namibia (Simmons 1995). Other major threats to the species include nest predation by humans, reduced food availability and electrocution (Shimelis et al. 2005). Increasing use of agricultural pesticides may also be a problem for the species (Mundy et al. 1992), including those breeding at Tayma, Saudi Arabia (Shimelis et al. 2005). Nest disturbance, to which it is extremely sensitive (Steyn 1982), may be growing with an increase in forest settlements in Ethiopia (A. Shimelis in litt. 2007) and the increasing recreational use of off-road vehicles (Mundy et al. 1992). Breeding birds at Tayma could face disturbance from motorised vehicles in the desert (Shimelis et al. 2005). The population collapse in West Africa may be a result of higher nest disturbance, local extinctions of wild ungulates through habitat modification and over-hunting, intensified cattle farming in which sick or dying animals are rarely abandoned, and an increase in accidental poisoning (Thiollay 2006, Rondeau and Thiollay 2004), although the latter threat, in particular, requires further study (Rondeau and Thiollay 2004). National vaccination campaigns in West Africa have reduced illness in domestic livestock, and sick animals can now be sold off, rather than abandoned, due to the proliferation of markets and abattoirs (Rondeau and Thiollay 2004). The species may be hunted for medicine and cultural reasons in West Africa, and some ethnic groups in the sub-region hunt vultures for food, though the impact on this species is unknown (Rondeau and Thiollay 2004). In central Mozambique, the population has declined due to a scarcity of game and livestock following the armed conflict of the 1970s and 1980s, and the surviving population continues to be threatened by the over-exploitation of game by poachers (Parker 2005). There are incidences of deliberate poisoning to kill vultures by poachers, due to the belief that the arriving birds will give away the locations of poached animals (Hancock 2009). In Ethiopia, the principal threat to the species is habitat loss on the lowland plains (A. Shimelis in litt. 2007, 2012). Potential introduction of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, which is fatal to Gyps spp. when ingested at livestock carcasses may represent a potential future threat to the species.

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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Thank you for the comments.... :dance: :dance:

Great info Hilda....thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

Lanner Falcon....

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Hi Hilda,

Thank you for the Wikipedia information about the causes of decline of the vultures. A pity to read that in almost every aspect human activity is involved.... :cry: :cry:

Hi Jan,

Lovely Lanner Falcon! Thanks for sharing!

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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Thank you Rob for the comment :dance: :dance:

Perfect BG colour Goshawk pose.....

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Great capture, Jan

Black-chested Snake Eagle

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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Hi Jan, Jaffles,

Great shots! Thanks for sharing!

Jaffles, do have a spot free in your suitcase.....only 14 nights to go till your Kruger visit; WOW! Have a good time with tons of great sightings over there! Please take sufficient memory cards with you... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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Hi Rob,

thank you for your kind comments!
Rob, you must share the place in the suitcase with the photoequipent :mrgreen: ,
it could be a little bit narrow :D .

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 Post subject: Re: Raptors of KTP
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Thank you for the comments... :thumbs_up:

Wow jaffles that is a brilliant image!!!

Tawny pare at the waterhole...

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