This Yellow-Billed Kite found a great way to get a "free" meal by stealing small pieces of meat from the African Wild Dog (African Painted Wolf) pups fighting over food below--brought by the adults from their pack after a successful Impala hunt. Unlike Lions and many other large predators dogs are well known for sharing food with their young and for the older or infirm dogs. This pack was particularly unusual as there were pups from two different females, although they were all suckled by the alpha female--normally when a second female has pups the alpha female will kill them, but perhaps this packs' decreased size of nine meant that the twelve pups were a welcome addition. The image was captured after we followed the disturbance among prey species to find the pack feeding near a water hole in the southern Okavango Delta area of Botswana, Africa.
From Africa Highlights