Portrait of Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)

Close-up view of a captive Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus), African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

This photograph was taken at the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, a self-funded care-center run by a small group of dedicated conservationists. It is home to the widest selection of indigenous birds of prey in southern Africa, including captive-bred or “non-releasable rehabilitation” birds, such as the hooded vulture above. These captive birds give visitors a unique opportunity to view and photograph many rare birds of prey from close-up. Photographing the birds in their cages does present challenges, but it is a way of capturing bird portraits that’s simply not possible in the wild.

The sanctuary’s effectiveness and goals are hindered by insufficient funds and donations or contributions are always needed to assist research, caring for and rehabilitating birds, and educating the public. See Feathered Friends Sponsorship Program for more on this.

See also Hooded Vulture Portrait for more on this species and other vultures.




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