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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed May 26, 2010 9:04 pm

Northern Drakensberg (Catherdral Peak area) May 2010:

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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby Johann » Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:25 pm

One of a few we saw during our stay in Marakele over the Christmas holidays. Not a great photo but it's a start. I think this bird might not be a full grown adult yet, that's if I'm interpreting the streaky underside correctly. There were some adults as well but they were too far off for even a bad photo.

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Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:12 pm

Please confirm this for me. Taken on the Rhebok hiking trail in GGHNP in July.

Cape or White-backed Vulture (not sure which)
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Niall » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:20 pm

Hi Josh

This is an immature Cape Vulture. White backed do not normally occur in Golden Gate.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread postby Josh of the Bushveld » Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:37 pm

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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:10 pm

A weekend at the Giants Castle Lammergeier hide provided my best views of a Cape vulture to date. The three images posted here shows all of the ID features refered to earlier in this thread:

- Light eye is (in most instances regarded as the clincher);
- the larger "landing lights" coloured purple;
- robust neck tinted blue
- head and neck sparsely feathered
- in flight the under-wing pattern with little contrast between underwing coverts and the rest of the wing.
- line of dark spots on greater wing coverts

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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:48 pm

Fantastic shots Johan!!

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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:48 am

It saddens me to read that 48 Cape vultures died after eating lamb carcasses laced with Carbofuran, a pesticide commonly used to destroy worms in crops. An ignorant farmer trying to kill jackals that is said to have been hunting his lambs caused this massacre. A further seven vultures were found dead on a neighbouring farm.

It represents the worst case of mass poisoning of Cape vultures this century. In terms of the impact on the Cape vulture population, the death toll is likely to be much higher as many of the birds were adult individuals of breeding age that will have a nest with eggs or chicks to care for and survival is unlikely under the care of a single parent. The total Cape vulture population have some estimates as low as 5000 birds.

Read the full story here.

This incident brings home how much work every person who cares for our environment has to do to raise the level of awareness of the plight of our wildlife in general so that this sort of idiotic behaviour is eradicated for good. With IVAD 13 on the next page of your almanac (September 7), it is a key opportunity for everyone who cares to get involved.
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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:56 pm

Amongst the many corpses at the Swartberg farm two adult Cape vultures were found alive. Both reacted well to treatment against the poison and both of these pulled through and were released this week after being fitted with radio transponders, bringing the total of Cape vultures tracked this way by the Bird of Prey working group for vultures to three.

That is the good news.

In Namibia the mass killing of 600 - 1000 Cape vultures last week technically may represent the regional extinction of the Cape vulture in that country. The story is that elephants were poached for ivory in the Bwabwata NP in north east Namibia and the poachers poisoned the carcass so that the vultures that landed would die immediately and not alert authorities to the dead elephant. This horrific deed follows a year after a similar incident in the Caprivi where 300 Cape vultures died in a poisoning massacre.
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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Aug 12, 2013 3:00 pm

Great Joh :thumbs_up:


Sickening.

Any other comment would get the red card. :wall:
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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:19 am

The Birds of Prey Working Group now have four Cape vultures fitted with real-time transponders. This week the two vultures that did not have names received their new "handles". The four are called Bennie, De La Rey, Traveller and Shuttle. (New names highlighted...)

Traveller, Shuttle and De La Rey are all survivors of the Swartberg poisoning as a result of the rehabilitation work done by the BoP working group.
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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby hilda » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:59 pm

The poisoning of carcasses to hide their evil deed of poaching is so shocking! Will there ever be a way to get rid of these evil people? :evil: :evil:

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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:43 am

Two weeks ago the 34-year-old farmer who was charged with causing the death of 48 Cape Vultures on his farm in the Swartberg District pleaded guilty for the illegal use of poison. He effectively received a sentence of six months in prison plus R10,000 fine, both suspended for five years.
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Re: Vulture, Cape

Unread postby hilda » Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:31 pm

I don't think that is a suitable sentence for what he has done, especially with both sentences suspended for five years! :evil:


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