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Birdwatching at Summit Hotel

Some time ago our photographer Miguel “Siu” spent a weekend at Summit Hotel & Club Golf (, and of course, instead of spending time with clubs and balls, he took his tripod and camera and went searching birds on the trails and forested areas surrounding the facilities.
Suddenly, Siu heard a raptor whistle call that he immediately recognized as a Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus). He had heard it so many times while watching this bird soaring high, but to his surprise this time it was perched on a cecropia dead branch, just looking to the golf course. It only took seconds to draw this large bird’s attention and get a decent shot before it decided to soar to a farthest perch.

The Black Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus tyrannus) is a large, black raptor of Neotropical forests. It has a prominent crest, is blackish with narrow white barring below, and broad gray bars on the tail. This hawk-eagle occurs in both open and dense forests. Individuals often soa…

King Vultures hit London Fashion Week

Congress Centre, London, UK

September 19, 2016

Acclaimed designer and creative duo Vin + Omi showed during the London Fashion Week their Spring/Summer 2017 Ready-to-wear Collection entitled The Dreaming. The catwalk was dimmed with dark red lighting, and black origami birds hung everywhere from the ceiling, giving a fantasy ambience to the venue. 

In a collaboration with our photographer and director, Siu, who provided the pictures; Vin + Omi designed a dress, a cape, and a tote bag feautring Panamanian King Vultures (Sarcoramphus papa). The models wore oversized fluffy red wigs with paintbrushes and paint palettes decoratively placed within them that combined very well with the vultures' colour patterns. The bag was accessorized with a cartoony badge, and a badge stating "no guns".

Our pictures were not only used on clothes and accesories but also on invitations and advertising. Another bird, the Africa endemic Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) was also used on clothes and advertising.

The flower vulture print dress and leather vulture print tote featured king vultures from our photos, and flowers from the photos of Sam McKnight, printed in silk by The Silk Bureau, and on leather by 2surface.

Credit: Alan D West

Vin + Omi - The Dreaming, advertisement

Credit: Ki Price


Credit: Ian Clark

Credit: Karl Slater


Fashion illustration
Credit: Sue Dray

Vin + Omi are renowned in the fashion world for their fantastical, innovative and futuristic pieces, having dressed Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Pamela Anderson, and Debbie Harry. They recently achieved widespread acclaim for the many outlandish outfits they created for Bubble in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, film released on July 2016. They state on their Twitter account that they "like to work with interesting people".

Vin (R) + Omi (L) at the end of the show
Credit: Simon Armstrong

Videos of the show can be seen below, and the complete collection on British Vogue.


Complete show, look at 7:15 for the vulture clothes