Vulture display by David Clarke

Vultures are certainly not to be messed with and this was about as close as I was going to this lot. These aggressive and very argumentative fellows were part of a group of fairly immature African White-backed Vultures (Gyps africanus) and Rüppell’s Griffon Vultures (Gyps rueppellii) lunching on the carcass of a buffalo. The ones on the left in this image are African White-backed Vultures; the ones on the right, the Rüppell’s. There was a huge amount of posturing and fighting for whatever was ripped from the carcass. The large Rüppell’s displaying launched into another one seconds after this shot was taken trying to steal its meat. It must be a stressful society to live in.
Image taken at Ennesoit Private Game Reserve, Laikipia, Kenya

Canon IDMKII with Canon 300mm F2.8L IS lens and Canon x2 extender. ISO200 1/2000 at f5.6.

Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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    JUSTARTover 2 years ago

    great shot

  • Many thanks, Sylvia :))

    – David Clarke

  • John44
    John44over 2 years ago

    Don Davide..

    Great shot, well presented. Sharpness, background, point of view. Stunning.
    My compliments

  • Many thanks, Maestro G! and thanks too for the fav! Much appreciated :))

    – David Clarke

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    l wouldn’t fancy being close either, great shot xx

  • Thanks very much, Lynn :))

    – David Clarke

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Amazing capture David.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Thanks so much, Jude! And many thanks too for the fav :))

    – David Clarke

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2 Images per day 2012/08/13

  • Many thanks, Maggie :))

    – David Clarke

  • Karue
    Karueover 2 years ago

  • Thanks so much, Karue, I’m thrilled with that news :))

    – David Clarke

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