White-headed Vulture
Trigonoceps occipitalis
The White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis) is an African species occurring in desert, open plains and grasslands from Senegal and Gambia south all the way to South Africa. The shots here were taken in Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, in January, 2006 with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II & EF 500mm F/4L IS lens and 1.4X extender. The first two shots show a bird preening at dawn. The third shot shows the same individual in the same tree at noon that same day. The light was rather harsh and flat on the third shot, but I found it interesting none-the-less.