WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Behaviour: Birds

Daniel Rosengren, Sweden

Picky eaters

Daniel first spotted these marabou storks as they patiently waited on the sidelines, watching as a group of vultures fed on a zebra carcass. Seizing the opportunity, he quickly set up his camera and retreated to a nearby wall to wait for the shot. Not long after, the vultures left the scene and the storks approached the carcass to feast.

During the wildebeest and zebra migration, food in the Serengeti National Park is in plentiful supply for opportunists like the marabou stork. Despite their size, their huge beaks are delicate and unwieldy, and the storks must wait for other scavengers, like vultures, to tear open a carcass.

Technical specification

Nikon D700; 14–24mm f2.8 lens; 1/400 sec at f20; ISO 800; Satechi wireless remote.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: latitude -2.333516, longitude 34.833332 Serengeti National Park, Tanzania: latitude -2.333516, longitude 34.833332

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Daniel Rosengren

Daniel Rosengren, Sweden

After completing a master's degree in ecology at the University of Umeå, Sweden, Daniel took two bicycle trips, the first from Norway to South Africa and the second from Argentina to Ecuador. The second trip ended with a job offer, and he spent the next five years as a research assistant for the Serengeti Lion Project. Since 2015 he has worked as a freelance photographer.