Some de Wets have all the luck…

While I was working today, Marilize and Joubert spent some time at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park’s Vulture Hide. And they were rewarded with a fantastic sighting of another rare South African bird, the Bearded Vulture! Am I jealous? Yes. Yes I am.

Golden Gate 7 Nov 2014

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16 thoughts on “Some de Wets have all the luck…

  1. Spokie sny spoor

    Sjoe pragtige foto , ja ek dink saam al die ander is ek ook jaloers … om nie daardie oomblik daar te kon gewees het nie. Maar dankie vir die deel …

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  2. oururbanwilderness

    They render such a wonderful service, the bone collectors! I discovered the word ‘ossuaries’ through their lair of bones. Is it correct that they drop the bones from a height to smash them to get to the marrow?

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      We’ve never seen them drop a bone in person, but have seen it filmed on wildlife documentaries: shattering large bones dropped from great height on rocks, and then swallowing the fragments. They must have very strong stomachs!

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  3. perdebytjie

    Ek is ook nou jaloers!Dis sekerlik een van die mooiste aasvoëls en daardie geluid wat hulle maak,as hulle so sweef,laat my hare rys van pure lekkerkry!

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  4. M-R

    It looks absolutely beautiful, up there in the sky, Dries: but when it’s on the ground, does it have a head as ugly as all the other vulture …?

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Unlike most other vultures Margaret-Rose, the bearded vulture’s head and neck is fully feathered; that’s because they eat mainly bone fragments and not rotting meat and innards. In all, it makes for a more attractive bird 😉 The one pictured is an immature bird, the adults have a cream-coloured head and neck.

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