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Re: Elephant killed by lightning- Tihongonyeni

Unread postby Scipio » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:10 am

Ja Ralph, it must have been sad, I wonder if it was a Bull that I have seen, photographed there over the years, and to see the stately beast like that. :cry:

But thats nature, .... Great pics, especially like the interaction with the storks. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Elephant killed by lightning- Tihongonyeni

Unread postby Ralph vV » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:56 am

Marabou Stork using its long beak to access those delicious morsels...

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Re: Elephant killed by lightning- Tihongonyeni

Unread postby Ralph vV » Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:59 am

Typical "Spread-wings" display by vulture to show dominance/ protect its feeding area...

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Re: Elephant killed by lightning- Tihongonyeni

Unread postby Ralph vV » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:03 pm

Frenetic Feeding Frenzy! Amazing to witness such hectic feeding activity around a carcass... Almost non-stop parade of diners throughout the day!

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Re: Elephant killed by lightning- Tihongonyeni

Unread postby Ralph vV » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:09 pm

Tug of War!
With the stomach cavity exposed, vultures are tugging at the entrails.... Old Marabou comes closer, for a better look!

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Re: Elephant killed by lightning- Tihongonyeni

Unread postby Ralph vV » Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:12 pm

And so the feeding continues....

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Re: Elephant killed by lightning- Tihongonyeni

Unread postby Ralph vV » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:38 pm

But that's Nature. The amazing thunder and lightning storm hit the Northern region with some force... We witnessed it from the Shingwedzi bridge on 01/01/2013. To be greeted by the dead elephant on 02/01/2013 came as a huge shock! There were no vultures at the carcass yet, although the skies were filled with them... Animals came down to drink, without taking much notice at first. However, once the feast began, animal activity decreased dramatically. A sad feeling of loss hung over the area... Tragic but also fascinating.
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