Snapshot: Even Vultures Need Help to Survive

A superb nature photograph – perpetuating a supreme moment in which the bird does what nature intended it to do.

Tal Niv
Tal Niv
Tal Niv
Tal Niv

This is nature photography at its finest. Vulture No. 803 is freed and looks straight into the lens of Menahem Kahana, near Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev, on September 10. The bird’s full wingspan is visible. Also captured with perfect focus is the way in which the vulture and its flight merge into a unity: an efficiency of feathers, muscles, fat, cartilage, claws. The vulture is gliding, its bent beak hard and slicing the center of the frame. Its black spherical eyes on the sides of its small head are aimed forward, its expression focused and empty.

A vulture is released near Sde Boker in an Israel Nature and Parks Authority project, September 2012. Credit: Menhahem Kahana

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