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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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

Looks like a juvenile white-backed vulture
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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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Re: Vulture: White-backed Vulture

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Stunning picture of this wonderful Vulture :clap: :clap:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Yoda » Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:03 pm

I saw these Vultures on the H4-1, just north of Satara.
They were quite a way from the road.

I make out Lapped faced and White Backed.

Are the paler ones Cape Vultures?

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:44 am

I've tried to zoom into your photos, but they become to grainy to get any clear view. While Cape vultures are normally "paler" than white-backed vultures, I would be hesitant to use this as the only way to ID the birds in these photos. Light conditions can have a big impact on how the colour appears - as I have recently experienced.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by hilda » Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:33 am

I agree with Karin, very difficult to make a positive ID Yoda.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Yoda » Fri Nov 25, 2016 1:44 pm

I tried uploading a higher resolution photo, but it came out the same size on the screen :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by salamanda » Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:20 pm

Yoda wrote:I tried uploading a higher resolution photo, but it came out the same size on the screen :hmz:


It will come out the same size Yoda, but it might be easier to enlarge and therefore get a better look at the vultures.

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Tue Nov 29, 2016 8:26 am

Yoda wrote:I saw these Vultures on the H4-1, just north of Satara.
They were quite a way from the road.

I make out Lapped faced and White Backed.

Are the paler ones Cape Vultures?

yoda, you raised a question I never thought of or was alert to, hence went back to all my vulture sightings and did see some paler ones amongst the White-backed ones.
Comparing them to the Bird book ID's, it appears that they are from the same species - could it be then that 'juveniles' be lighter in colour. :hmz:

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Re: Identification Help - Raptors

Unread post by Yoda » Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:04 am

Kaapsedraai,

A friend of mine who is good with bird ID came past my place last night and I showed him these photos.
He agrees with your ID that they are all Whitebacked
And I was hoping they may be Cape :roll:
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