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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.  <br />
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These vultures are not common, and their size is impressive.  I used my normal technique to capture this &quot;not pretty&quot; 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.   Geotagged,Lappet-faced Vulture,Namibia,Spring,Torgos tracheliotos,beak,bird,feathers,markings,nature,outdoors,plumage,scavenger,wild,wildlife Click/tap to enlarge

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.

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  1. I don't know how you do it, but all your photos are so clearly exposed, crisp and balanced. Quite a talent! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Oh my, thank you very much Ferdy. As we all do, lots of photos are taken of the same subject ... and then we choose the best one (while changing or using different settings). It kind of worked out with this guy, except that glistening or sparkle in the eye. Then again, they have really dark eyes. Thanks again for your support, greatly appreciated. Posted 4 years ago

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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

Similar species: Diurnal Birds Of Prey
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Uploaded Apr 25, 2015. Captured Sep 30, 2013 13:11 in Otjozondjupa, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/9.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO400
  • 500mm