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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vultures feeding

Vultures are the clean-up crew and by the time they have finished with a carcass, there is nothing but white bones left.
Various species will gather together at feeding time and huge squabbles break out amongst all.
Some vultures have a wingspan of up to 2m.
Their bills are made for tearing the meal off.
Vultures cannot begin flying on their own and need the warm thermals later in the mornings to give them enough lift-off.


2 comments:

Rhodesia said...

Can you imagine how smelly the bush would be without the 'clean up' animals! N is always fascinated by vultures and it was good to the Egyptian vultures while we were in Spain. Have a good weekend Diane

Gaelyn said...

Fascinating to watch these clean ups.