Stunning images from National Geographic's Best Photos of 2016 gallery
Ruppell's Griffon vultures and African whitebacked vultures feast on a zebra carcass in the Serengeti. The more dominant birds have taken their fill of the choice meat, leaving the skin and bones for other birds. This featured in a story about why we need the scavengers to exist in our ecosystem
Like people, some animals just prefer being single. It's nothing personal, they would just rather be on their own than date. They don't want commitment, families, any of that hassle. They just want to be left alone. Is that so much to ask for?
Vulture Buffet by Morkel Erasmus. A brood of Whitebacked Vultures hoard over an elephant that died of natural causes. It's amazing how they could fight with each other over so much food... Equipment: Nikon D3s, Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR-II
African Whitebacked Vulture - Gyps africanus and Lappetfaced Vulture - Torgos tracheliotus in parliament together. The different species often work together on a kill, squabbling all the while, but the fact is that the smaller Gyps need the power of the Torgos larger, stronger beak to tear open a carcass.