White Backed Vultures

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Seeing any animal that is critically endangered is something special and rather lucky.  These Vultures, like many other species have been pushed to the critically endangered list by the ever growing meat industry which strives to take away land from the Natural world so that live-stock can use it for grazing.  As the land is used up for this, natural predators are all wipedas they pose a direct threat the live-stock and to the farmers pockets.  Since these birds are scavengers and feed on the carcasses which get left behind by the predators, it becomes harder and harder for them to survive.  Live-stock farmers have also been known to put out poisoned carcasses to kill off predators, not realising that these innocent birds will also come and feed on the same meat.  You might be wondering why I am writing such a long blog post for one photo…  Well, the answer is simple.  I care.  People need to be educated about what it is exactly they are supporting everytime they walk into a grocery store and buy that meat off the shelf.  Look a little deeper, stop covering your eyes to the realities of the destruction of our beautiful planet, stop only thinking about yourselves and start caring.  There is a lot of attention on the destruction of the Rhino in Africa at the moment but what people do not realise is that thousands of animals are dying on a daily basis, all thanks to the meat industry.

I shot this photo of these 2 Vultures on an early morning drive through the Kruger National Park in January 2014.  The silhouette of Vultures on a dead tree is something of an African icon and always a welcome photograph.

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Giraffe at Sunset.

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A Giraffe’s pattern and colors are best expressed at dusk or dawn.  That is all.

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Hyena Pup in the rain.

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Always stop and chat to other people when driving around in the Kruger National Park.  They’ll tell you what they’ve seen and where it is…  Sometimes people go as far as even setting their odometers to zero so that they can measure the exact distance to a sighting.  We’ve seen a lot of cool stuff that way and it can be a life saver when you’ve been driving around all day and seen nothing.  This little Hyena Pup was hanging around his den on a rainy afternoon and it was thanks to some friendly tourists that we got to spend some time with him and watch him running around and interacting with vehicles around him.  At one point, he was even under our car and then he was licking water off one of my car’s mud flaps.  These are some of the shots I took him before and after he got wet in the rain.

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Separate ways.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

On a recent trip to the Kruger National Park here in South Africa I heard that an Elephant was shot and killed because it had showed aggression towards some tourists and destroyed their car.  No one knew the full story at the time but my gutt feeling was that the tourists had driven to close to the animal and ignored the warning signs.  Wild animals almost always give a warning before attacking, even a Bull Elephant that weighs anything from 6 to 9 tons and knows he can destroy just about anything will give a warning.  A video was eventually released showing that the toursits were being complete idiots and drove right up to the Elephant and did not back away when he turned around and showed that he was not enjoying them being that close.  Made me sad to know that his had to pay with his life because he stood his ground and the tourists had to pay a small fine of R1500.  Disgutsing actually, when you really think about it.  Anyways, I had a great time respecting and observing these giants as they came together at one of the water holes, drinking and interacting with one another and then walking off in seperate directions.

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