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Sean Zeederberg

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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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on Virtual Safari: Ultimate Game Drive Highlights #143

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Michael Fleetwood
Digital Tracker

Amazing piece of footage Sean! Surprised the hyena (any idea which clan it might have been from?) wasn’t joined by any other clan members.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Michael. I am not too sure which clan it was from, we were basically on the boundary between Sparta and Dudley, about 1.5km west from the boundary with Mala Mala.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Great intro music! Cleverly arranged Sean introduction to the storyline. Lots of small peeks into the technology!
Production just keeeps getting better!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Have no idea how this appeared as “Michel” Beni not “Vin” Beni. (And, actually, her name is “Michele.”

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Hi Vin, we will look into this now and get it fixed.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Vin. It was a great sighting and I had fun putting the story together afterwards.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Sean that was fantastic to see all the vultures feeding on the kudu carcass and to see the hyena try and defend his meal. In no time that carcass was cleaned up, yes they are forsure the scavenger of the bush.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

They really did finish it off so quickly.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

I’m sure that was thoroughly entertaining. Did I spy a marabou stork join the party at the end?

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Yes, you did spy a Marabou making an appearance.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Phenomenal video this week Sean, and thank you for providing us with the collective nouns for describing vultures. I only had learned the “wake” of vultures. But what fascinated me the most was observing the single hyena, holding its own while feeding, in the sea of vultures. Where were the others? Adding to that, no lions or leopards arrived on the scene, which I found surprising. I had surmised when seeing so many vultures flying around a certain area, other predators would go running to see what’s on the ground. Compliments also on your opening segments to the Sunday videos. They really set the mood!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Denise. I was also surprised that no other predators arrived on the scene. I was expecting something to come charging in.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Amazing videos of these vultures, Sean.
I respect vultures, they areas necessary for life in the bush and a healthy environment.
And it is good to know that Londolozi still has enough vultures arriving from all directions.
Great blog!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Christa. There is a healthy population of vultures here which is amazing to see.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Sean, great video of the henna and the vultures .

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, William.

Carolyn Clarkson
Explorer

Such interesting creatures are vultures. I’ve now seen what looks like chaos to be just hurried eating. With such a large carcass I was waiting for lions to roll in but apparently they were elsewhere! I learn something from every post. Thank you.

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It is basically just hurried eating indeed, but because there is so many vultures involved it looks like sheer chaos.

Debra Matott
Senior Digital Ranger

That was AmaZing! I loved the shot of the vultures grabbing the thermals to get up high! Thanks again for sharing!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Debra.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

Fabulous footage Sean. I’m sure the hyena expended so much energy chasing the vultures away that he went off still feeling hungry 😆. Loved the drone footage at the end showing just how high the vultures soar in order to look for possible kills…and a great view of the bushveld below. Super !

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

Thank you so much, Cally.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

That was actually very comical. If they Hyena just kept eating instead of chasing it would have been able to fill up faster, but this was far more interesting! Loved seeing the vultures – amazing creatures!

Sean Zeederberg
Blog Editor

It was hilarious to watch the interaction between the hyena and the vultures. I think the hyena was just being greedy and did not want the vultures to feed until it was satisfied. But by chasing the vultures away it actually ended up allowing them to feed anyway.

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