Lappet-faced Vulture - The Beak
An adult Lappet-faced Vulture close-up. It is clear to see how this bird is a super raptor, with a beak like that, nothing will keep it from taking its share.
These vultures are not common, and their size is impressive. I used my normal technique to capture this "not pretty" raptor. I sat at a watering hole for the whole day. All raptors and scavengers will come to water, eventually. It is a game of patience rewarded. And as is normal with eagles, these guys normally come when the light is at its worse ... mid day.
The Lappet-faced Vulture or Nubian Vulture is a mostly African Old World vulture belonging to the bird order Accipitriformes, which also includes eagles, kites, buzzards and hawks. It is the only member of the genus ''Torgos''. The Lappet-faced Vulture was formerly considered monotypical, but now is separated into two subspecies. The nominate race lives throughout Africa. The subspecies ''T. t. negevensis'', differing considerably in appearance from African vultures , occurs in the Sinai, the Negev.. more