Ruppell's Griffon Vulture ( gyps rueppellii) by Linda Sparks

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I’ll admit that everybody isn’t fond of vultures, but I rather like them. African vultures have extraordinary vision and can find carrion miles away. They clean up the carcasses and keep the plains free of disease.

This fellow was partying with Lappet-faced and white-backed vultures over some pretty bare bones when a spotted hyaena thought to join the festivities. About half of the conveined vultures arrayed themselves in a very purposeful half circle between the hyaena and the remains, shielding the rest of the vulture party from the marauding hyaena.

Taken in the Ngorongoro Highlands, Tanzania, Africa

6/23/13 508 views

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After being widowed, I needed to find something new to occupy my mind. I chose photography. That turned into an obsession, compounded by my love of the artistic license provided by Photoshop and the many other artful programs that help us explore all the facets of turning a photo into art.

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