These vulture pictures are from Africa.
Vultures are carrion eaters, that means that they eat the dead and rotting bodies of animals.
The vultures place in the African eco-system is essential. It keeps away diseases that rotting carcasses can spread.
Without the vulture performing this task then the balance of the animal world would change.
There is a lot of interest at the moment as vultures are endangered in many places. In Asia they have died out. The reason for this is a drug in modern animal medicine. The medicine kills the vultures when they eat the carcasses.
Historiacally in Africa the culture has been used in their traditional medicine and rituals.
These birds were on the side of the road as we drove past. The birds stand out against the bright blue sky.
Vulture pictures are part of my pictures gallery