17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Lappet-Faced Focus

This lappet-faced vulture was determined to keep others away from the elephant carcass until he was finished with his feeding. After chasing away a group of other vultures and scavenger birds, he sat "properly" in the carcass and looked directly at us...defying us to interfere with his feast.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Zambia
Copyright: © Janice Katz