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Vulture: Lammergeier (Bearded)

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Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:29 pm Unread post
Oh Lizet.

Such special sightings of such a rare and amazing raptor.

You must have really enjoyed them!
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Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:46 pm Unread post
Wow, fantastic pics and sighting. Thanks for sharing Lizet! :clap:


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Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:19 pm Unread post
Thank you all :thumbs_up:

Barcud, will keep that in mind :twisted: Will be quite a hike!


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Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:25 pm Unread post
Lizet, when are we going birding?

Great photos! :clap:


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Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:55 pm Unread post
DuQues wrote
Lizet, when are we going birding?

Great photos! :clap:


Thanks! You still have time in between the photo competition! :shock: This photo editing can be a full time job these days..
:hmz: How about Christmas in KTP? :P


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Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:39 pm Unread post
Oh WOW Lizet!! :dance: :clap: What awesome pictures! I love the ones with the vulture and raven.


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Wed May 26, 2010 9:05 pm Unread post
:whistle:

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Northern Drakensberg (Cathedral Peak area) May 2010. SO caught a mature one on video.


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Wed May 26, 2010 9:08 pm Unread post
Amazing! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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Wed May 26, 2010 10:58 pm Unread post
Very Nice :clap:


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Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:46 pm Unread post
Since my last report about tracking bearded vultures, another six birds have been added to the rapidly growing list of bearded vultures that have received tracking devices. Of those only two had been named. The naming process has become a much more pursued part of the programme and now all but the latest addition, a nestling, have been named.

The map below shows where the twelve birds are keeping and moving. It also supplies great info on which areas could be the best to visit if one wanted to see beardies…

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On the second day of the New Year I took a chance to visit GGHNP, obviously with the hope of seeing a bearded vulture… This has been a most elusive tick for me, second only to the Pel’s fishing owl, which, by the way, I have vowed WILL be ticked in 2011 as well.

Anyhow… Some time (years) ago one of the HR groups started talk about putting up a proper bird hide at GGHNP’s vulture restaurant and I thought it would have been done by now. So, I tackled that climb up the hill with two motivational factors helping to combat the shortness of breath and the run-away heartbeat that wanted to make my eyes pop. The bird hide thingy had not happened yet (BIG disappointment! I think one can write that one off by now…) and, worse, only two jackals could be seen amongst the skin and bones, quickly scampering away.

Some time later after I had recovered from the strenuous exertion and noticed this BoP-like bird moving over the park at a fantastic rate of knots… I got off three rapid-fire shots at it. Back at home the “darkroom” stage revealed that my trusty 40D had nailed the feathers of a beardie… Nothing like Lizet’s fantastic encounter(s), but I’ll take it!

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It is estimated that beaded vultures can glide up to 100 km/h… having seen “my” bird move, I think they may be capable of moving even be faster!


Identification Help - Raptors

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Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:12 pm Unread post
Please confirm these for me. Taken on the Rhebok hiking trail in GGHNP in July.

Bearded Vulture
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Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:20 pm Unread post
Hi Josh

This is an adult Bearded Vulture.

Cheers

Niall.


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Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:37 pm Unread post
Thanks!
Confirms a new tick (Bearded)


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Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:36 pm Unread post
We spent a few nights at the Mountain Retreat in Golden Gate, so I got a chance to made better photos than last time, and I think I did....

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Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:27 am Unread post
We visited Giant Castle in Oct 2011 and I got a few nice photos of the Beared vulture. What an experience to have the opportunity to take photos of these magnificent birds.

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