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One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.

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One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.

Unread postby ice » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:55 am

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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Re: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:51 pm

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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Re: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.

Unread postby ice » Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:52 pm

at Blouberg Nature Reserve

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Re: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.

Unread postby maretam » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:47 am

o wow on the Ruppels! When was this? Did you perhaps report it when you saw it at the time?

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Re: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.

Unread postby ice » Tue Mar 03, 2015 12:42 pm

no, I didn't, I wasn't aware that this was a rare sighting

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Re: One Eyed Bird - Vulture I.D.

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:34 am

Wow Ice - what a sighting! Just checked out the distribution map for the Ruppels for Southern Africa... Do yourself a favour and go look - you were lucky indeed! :thumbs_up:
13-19 June 2015 - Lower Sabie
20-23 June 2015 - Satara
24-25 June 2015 - Olifants
26-28 June 2015 - Letaba


13 Dec 2015 - Nossob
14-15 Dec 2015 - Grootkolk
16 Dec 2015 - Nossob
17-18 Dec 2015 - Mata Mata
19 Dec 2015 - Twee Rivieren


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