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 Post subject: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:55 am 
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on my recent trip to South Africa I came across a white backed vulture which had obviously lost one eye (the socket was completely white, without any movement whatsoever), which made me wonder: does losing an eye impede / effect a bird's ability to navigate / fly?!

I'd also like to confirm that the two birds in the middle / back and on the right are indeed Rüppel's Vultures.

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 Post subject: Re: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:51 pm 
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ice wrote:
I'd like to confirm that the two birds are Rüppel's Vultures.


Indeed! Where did you see these birds, ice?

The loss of an eye does not impact on the ability of birds to fly.

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 Post subject: Re: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:52 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:47 am 
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o wow on the Ruppels! When was this? Did you perhaps report it when you saw it at the time?


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 Post subject: Re: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.
Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:42 pm 
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no, I didn't, I wasn't aware that this was a rare sighting


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