Gyps coprotheres  Cape Vulture  Kransaasvoël
Cape Vulture
Dinaka, Jan 2019

Resident. Recorded widely (in 30% of the pentads), but mostly across the southern half of the Waterberg. The highest recorded frequency, as expected, is in pentads in the vicinity of the breeding colony on the Groothoek cliffs in Marekele National Park but there is no ready explanation to account for the low recording rate for the birds in the north. The Marekele colony supports nearly a third of the global breeding population of this species, with between 700-1000 pairs using the site annually; the most recent accurate census, in 2013, totalled 818 pairs nesting here. The birds breed in winter, laying in April and young fledging in September-October. They roost - but do not breed - at several other sites along the Sandriviersberg cliffs between Marekele and Hanglip.
Cape Vulture
Grootfontein, Jan 2018
Cape Vultures on cliff
Dinaka, Jan 2018

A regularly used roost site, up to 100 birds using it.
Cape Vultures on cliff
Marakele, Nov 2017

Looking over the breeding cliffs at Marakele National Park - this is the largest breeding colony of this species; 700 - 900 pairs nest here annually, this about a quarter of the global population.

Cape Vulture
Zuikerboschfontein, Dec 2017

Adult, its yellow eye distinguishes it from the smaller, brown-eyed White-backed Vulture.

Cape Vulture flock

Swaershoek, Jan 2018

100+ birds in a thermal


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