Natures Cleaners…

white_backed_vulture_landing_Z4F6941_800-300x126  Perched high on a crag,                                         
                                legs poised to spring,                             
hearts beating wildly                                           
                                       as we take to the wing                   
catching warm thermals,                                    
                                                   to float on thin air,                         
         taking breath quickly,                                                  
                                            hardly any to spare                
Now is the time,                                                     
                     wings spread out wide
                             a smooth operation,                           
                        to bank as we glide.                                    
Flowing the motion,                     
as fluidity is key,                                      
we land, we devour,  for Vultures we be…


Endangered Species

Rüppell’s Vulture or Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture (Gyps rueppellii) is a large vulture that occurs throughout the Sahel region of central Africa. The current population of 30,000 is decreasing due to loss of habitat and other factors. Rüppell’s Vulture is named in honour of Eduard Rüppell, a 19th-century German explorer, collector, and zoologist. Rüppell’s Vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,300 m (37,000 ft) above sea level.


52 responses to “Natures Cleaners…

  1. Great imagery and thanks for educating me about vultures. 🙂


    • thanks Debbie, glad you enjoyed my tribute to the unsung heroes of ‘clear uppers’ ,.. Makes we wonder what we’ll do in the future if Natures cycle is broken beyond fixing. xx



  2. Wow, you really captured the feeling of those wings in the air. I still laugh at the cartoon of two vultures, one says “patience be damned, I’m going to kill something”. Natures cleaners are so important.


    • thank you Rod, glad you saw the wings, … Took ages to shape and I ‘finger crossed’ when Posting… once or twice it’s been a disaster. Thanks for the laugh and oh yes indeedy, the cycle of cleaning up, ridding the chance of disease, always important… Makes you wonder what this World will be like in the future if more of Nature’s cycle is tampered with. x



  3. A very beautiful description of vultures. They always seem to be able to hang in the sky so long… and smell a meal miles away! interesting creatures.


  4. This is a superb poem and with some very interesting information too, who needs Google and Bing with you around my sweet friend 🙂 Have fun today 🙂

    Andro xxxx


    • erm… well, Andro,… I do… I search and find, so without them I’d be lost methinks. 🙂 I know what you mean tho’ , my dark friend, so many thanks for the compliment. xPenx



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