Vultures as individuals

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Kerri Wolter, founder of the Vulture Conservation Programme, carries a wounded endangered Cape vulture to a vet near Pretoria, South Africa, after it flew into a power line.

Amputation is often necessary. ‘Lots of Kerri’s birds only have one wing,’ says Charlie. Power lines pose a significant threat, along with habitat loss, pollution, persecution and use in traditional medicine.

Behind the lens

Charlie Hamilton James


Charlie is a wildlife and conservation photojournalist for National Geographic. He specialises in subjects from eastern Africa and the Amazon.

Image details

  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • 24-105mm f4 lens at 24mm
  • 1/60 sec at f8
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