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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

Unread postby Leeukos » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:57 pm

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The weight of a White-backed Vulture is between 4.2 kg and 7.2 kg.
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

Unread postby Leeukos » Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:01 pm

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The wingspan of a White-backed Vulture is between 1.96 to 2.25 m.
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

Unread postby Leeukos » Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:02 pm

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The height of a White-backed Vulture is between 78 to 98 cm.
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

Unread postby Leeukos » Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:05 pm

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It breeds in trees on the savannah and lays one egg.
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:31 pm

Great images :clap: :clap: and love the info!!!

My contribution near Satara....

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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

Unread postby Leeukos » Sat Dec 15, 2012 11:25 am

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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:26 pm

Here is a "Did You Know" that does not bring feel-good information...

Huge numbers of our vultures have fallen prey to indiscriminate poisoning practices during the past year. The most recent mass poisoning incident was reported last week (21 November 2013), when wildlife rangers came across the carcasses of 37 white-backed vultures in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. The vultures were found in the immediate vicinity of a carcass of an elephant that had died a month previously, almost certainly poisoned. Twenty nine of the vultures had their heads removed, most likely for use in the traditional medicine trade, which makes this incident look like a deliberate act on behalf of the muti trade. At least three of the vultures were adults, which means that additional juvenile birds may die on their nests from starvation.

The Vulture carcasses have been taken for toxicology analysis to determine the type of poison used and the Organised Crime Unit has investigated the scene. The remains of the elephant and the vultures have now been burnt to ensure further deaths from scavenging from the poisoned elephant carcass do not occur.

During July 60+ vultures died in the Eastern Cape when a farmer laced lamb carcasses with poison intended for jackal.

In August near 1000 vultures were killed in the north of Namibia as poachers put out poison around elephant carcasses as part of their strategy to avoid detection.

In September an unknown number of vultures fell prey to poison after the poaching of 41 elephants in the south of Zimbabwe killed by 'poison salt'. This was the first report of such a poaching technique. It has wide-ranging results for all scavengers.
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

Unread postby RosemaryH » Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:10 pm

So sad, so unnecessary, so wrong :evil:

During July 60+ vultures died in the Eastern Cape when a farmer laced lamb carcasses with poison intended for jackal.

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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby bondm » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:32 pm

Hi all you experts,

Could anyone give me an ID for this vulture I saw near Nsemani dam on the H7 - Satara to Orpen in late November.

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I couldn't match it with anything in my Newman's book

thanks

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Re: Bird ID Challenge.

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:46 pm

Looks like a juvenile white-backed vulture
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