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James Tyrrell

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James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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on Why Are Vultures Always in Dead Trees?

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

It is maybe just a mindset to associate death with dead trees. Vultures are so endangered and perform a nessesary function cleaning up in the veld.

Lucie Easley
Senior Digital Ranger

It’s unfortunate that Vultures do not get the attention they deserve as their numbers diminish. They play a very important part in the circle of life and death and are amazing to watch. Thanks for your interesting description of what may direct their paths to landing and waiting for their turn.

Jeff Rodgers
Senior Digital Ranger

Great post about a very important, very under-loved African creature.

Irene Nathanson
Guest contributor

They are amazing to watch! Fun when they just start dropping out of the sky. Great article and love the photo of the lone vulture. Beautiful!

Irene Henkes
Explorer

hahahahaha, this is a good explanation.

Ian Hall
Senior Digital Ranger

A much maligned and undervalued creature

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Digital Tracker

I’ve never seen a perched Vulture, consequently I hadn’t thought or even considered fast landings and entanglements. (I certainly thought of those things all the years I skydived). They, the Vultures, were either feasting or circling overhead when I looked. And now to learn that they too have been listed as endangered is tragic. What will be left on this good earth for our children and grandchildren to see.

Denise Vouri
Master Tracker

Thank you for this information. I learned a lot about these birds that I think are quite majestic, regardless of their feeding habits.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I have wondered about raptors habit of sitting in dead trees, the explanation is a lot simplier than I was expecting (don’t why I didn’t click to that)!

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