The White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus) is a large bird of prey occurring in much of sub-Saharan Africa. The species can be found from Senegal in the west to Somalia in the east and (with a gap encompassing the tropical rain forests) up to northern South Africa. Like other vultures, the birds are mostly scavengers feeding primarily on carcasses of larger mammals. They can form flocks of several dozen individuals and find their food by soaring above the savannah grasslands. Due to shrinking populations, the conservation status of the species was updated to “Endangered” in 2012. I have seen these imposing birds in a number of places in southern Africa, but the photographs in this post were taken in the Etosha National Park of northern Namibia in February 2007.