White Headed Vultures are a member of the Old World vulture group, meaning that they find carrion solely through eyesight. Like most of the world’s vultures, their IUCN conservation status is threatened and it was upgraded to the vulnerable group in 2007. This is partly because of a decrease in food items, collisions with power cables and poisoning with insecticides and diclofenac.
This vulture was photographed in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Despite having such high expectations of SLNP I was not disappointed. What I found to be most striking about this park was the huge trees which are of a density that I have only seen matched in Africa in Lake Manyara NP. I enjoyed a week on safari here with a small organisation run by Gavin Opie called Cha-Luangwa Safaris. A hyperlink to their website is included on the ‘LINKS’ page.