himalayan vultures near dead cow carcass


Himalayan vultures near the carrion of a cow that they ate (India)

They were near the carcass of a dead cow that had pretty-much cleaned to the bones.­

They only left the head and legs (not soft and meaty enough to their tastes, I guess).­

Himalayan vultures can reportedly strip a cow carcass of all meat in roughly 120 minutes!

View more photos of those vultures.

For more info about Himalayan griffon vultures, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Himalayan_­vulture.

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National Highway 94, Kupra, Uttarakhand 249141, India

Photos taken in India in 2013

The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.­

Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.­

See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.­

Photos of cows, and related bovine animals (e.­g.­ calves, oxes, bulls, water buffaloes, yacks).­

I have not included photos of butchered cows (body-parts and meat, i.­e.­ beef).­ Those can be seen in my Meat Markets series.

Himalayan vultures on a road (India)

They were near the carcass of a dead cow that had pretty-much cleaned to the bones.­ That cow may have been a road-kill.­

They only left the head and legs - not soft and meaty enough to their tastes, I guess.­

I saw some of those vultures flying right above the road that I was driving on, maybe looking for more road-kills.­ They are very impressive in size, probably the largest birds I have ever seen.­

For more info about Himalayan griffon vultures, read en.­wikipedia.­org/­wiki/­Himalayan_­vulture