Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Turkey Vultures




I do find these birds fascinating.

119 comments:

Comment1 said...

Fascinating, yeh. The emotions are not as simple as with those ducks!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love the blue and brown background of the pics:@)

Paula said...

We had a tree over run with these a few days ago.

Gail said...

We have a new vulture with white under their wings. They don't always wait on something to die.

Lynne said...

Not the happy look like your ducks of last week but bet they are fun to watch as they spread their wings and take off for the prey . . .

Kathy said...

Would you believe, me an East Texas girl, until I started blogging had never heard the term "turkey vulture"? They've never been called anything but "buzzards" around here!

Madge Bloom said...

Looks like a face only a mother could love...

Sandra said...

they fascinate me to. they are so ugly on the ground, but when they are soaring in circles over head, they are majestic, i love the ends of their wings when soaring, like fingers spread. and they are God's garbage crew, they have a purpose in life.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They are quite elegant as you watch them fly.

Fireblossom said...

Yick. Turkey vultures are some fugly birds.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They're just waiting for your dogs to bring home a prize...

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It is good to see these guys.It will be a little while before I can expect them in Manitoba,but if the other raptors are any indication they will be back earlier than usual. I love to see the TVs soar in the sky.

DJan said...

They sure are BIG! And I agree that I am loving that blue blue sky...

Mary Howell Cromer said...

They do a nice clean up, and are so useful. My favorites are the American Black Vultures and I watched a lone Turkey Vulture the other day, trying to get the AB to leave a sight for a minute the other day and he was so trying to edge his way into the crowd;)

Allison said...

The world is full of 'em. :D

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Ya know, they would be reeeally purty birds, but that tiiiny little head throws off their entire purtyness level.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I think they may be watching for me to go down from the frenzy. LOL! blessings ~ t.

Giga said...

Nie należą one do moich ulubionych ptaków, ale i takie muszą być w przyrodzie. Pozdrawiam.*** They are not my favorite birds, but they must be in nature. Yours.

Linda said...

They ARE fascinating, and you've even managed to make them look somewhat regal in these photos. They're certainly functional, too. But it takes one to love one. :)

Farm Girl said...

I do too, almost as interesting as the ducks. I think because they are so big.

Candy C. said...

I like watching them circle and circle up in the sky! They haven't made it back here yet from their winter vacation down south.

SweetMarie said...

They are fascinating birds. I love seeing them fly. They have such a huge wing span and just make the flying look so relaxing and easy.

CameraCruise said...

Great shots of fascinating birds.
I've never seen one in real.

Jo's World said...

These are not birds I see in my daily life, nobody has much good to say about them but I do appreciate a clean-up crew. So go to it, big birds, and tidy your world!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...I like these guy ,and should be seeing them any day now...
Grace

Marissa @Life On Our Side Of The Mountain said...

I always enjoy the vultures that nest near my house...they seem to always get labeled as bad but I like'm!

Bob Bushell said...

Nice "little" birds.

Jan n Jer said...

They are so ugly..but do a great job clearing up road kill!

Melodie said...

They are everywhere in Texas but we do have a lot of road kill here. They are so slow taking off once I barely missed one hitting my windshield!

bailey-road.com said...

What would our world be like without cleanup experts like these. They're beautiful soaring overhead.

Ellie said...

Definately not a delicate looking bird lol.

latebloomerbuds said...

I've seen these in northern Michigan. Vultures in general are not the pretty faces of the bird world. They do have their place though. Margie

Modesto Viegas said...

Interesting bird!
I never saw.
Regards,

Paula said...

Bless their hearts, the poor little ugly things! I saw a bunch of them around here yesterday evening and it kind of freaked me out.. I started checking myself for a pulse! *hehehaha*

Val said...

AH..the turkey buzzard!! Interesting looking bird. I prefer your ducks!!

Nancy said...

They are so big....and that sky is so blue...

Evelyn S. said...

Interesting creatures....quite ominous when they are circling and circling above! ;-)

bj said...

They have always scared me but then, I am a titty baby. :)

Photos are awesome.....

parker said...

Interesting birds indeed. They have an important job to do and they do it well! Love to watch them soaring and riding the thermal currents!

barbara l. hale said...

Terrific pics of the vultures. Whenever they hang out in the trees in front of our house, I check to make sure I'm not dead.

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Since they are so disliked and not that pretty, it's good they were born with a job to do!
But, I think they are kinda cool :)
Have a fab day :)
xo, misha

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures as always! I'm like Barbara -- when I see a lot of them around I pinch myself to make sure they haven't come for me!

Sylvia

Joop Zand said...

Good shots Theresa..... well done.

Eyeliquor said...

Nice!

ellen abbott said...

Nature's garbage men. there was a ? flock ? of about a dozen soaring over the yard last week. It was a very windy day and they were getting blown down wind.

pattisjarrett said...

Just another pretty face. :)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

They indeed are fascinating, unappreciated birds. We have a healthy population of them. The county frequently drops off road kills in a nearby field for their benefit. I've always been meaning to set up and photograph their feasting only it means my parking alongside busy two lane Hwy 12 and the constant traffic noise is bothersome, not to mention my presence attracting the attention of drivers which could lead to a head-on accident.

Rita said...

I think they get a bad rap and they're not as ugly as people think. They're like the garbage collectors in nature and do an important job. I actually love the red on their heads. ;)

magda said...

So beautiful photos!!! I like too this birds!

Pricilla said...

They are very necessary

FOREST SNAPPER said...

They look very intersting birds, good photo's

Peter

Carletta said...

Great shots! They ain't pretty but they are soar beautifully in flight. :)

Millie said...

Fascinating is a good word. They are not very pretty though.

John McElveen said...

Vacuum cleaners- Dyson Birds--ar ar-- Of the earth! We so need them!

J

Robin said...

T, I guess the Turkey Vultures are on the move. There have been several sightings noted on the local bird watch this week! I've never got a good shot of them. Still on my want list!

Chatty Crone said...

Aren't they strong birds - with a mission. sandie

Hilda R.B said...

Yes, they are fascinating.
Nice photos.
Have a great week to you.

V.L. Locey said...

A face only a mother vulture could love!

Barb said...

Just waiting - for what? They creep me out a little!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Fascinating Tex but I can't conjure up and warm fuzzy feelings for them. They kinda skeer me. Great snaps of them though.

troutbirder said...

Well when the Turkey Vultures head south to the Run Around Ranch for the winter, the local national symbols take over the job of cleaning up the road kill and the hunters unretrieved dead deer. Hardly the romantic & patriotic image they used to maintain when catching fish along the rivers... :)

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

glad to see those beautiful creatures!

they sure are big!!

Tanya said...

they always remind me of snow white for some reason!

Bill S. said...

I also find them fascinating - mostly when they climb inside a large animals body cavity to feed.

Great pictures. I saw my first one yesterday fly over Rexburg.

Lisa RedWillow said...

They really are different and unique birds. We dont have them here. I enjoyed your view

Eva Ason said...

Interesting birds - you have such interesting animals over there :) Great photos! Big hugs x

Crafty Gardener said...

great photos of the turkey vultures, we see them hovering over the fields looking for prey

Andrew said...

Amazing to see them in numbers.. do they scavenge on dead animals like the vultures of Africa.

Gary said...

Whenever I see them I always check my pulse. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, I made a mistake and followed a small group of Turkey Vultures with my lens and saw, well, their meal. I sure do like your posts. Good job! Have a splendid evening tonight!

Fjällripan said...

They sure are fascinating! Must be great to see! But I am surprised that they sit in threes :)

Annette said...

Fascinating in an ugh sort of way...

mick said...

Great photos. I guess not all birds are cute but they all have their place in our environment.

Carole M. said...

not one for around here; my they'd clean up the rainbows in a snap I bet. Really interesting to see them so close to home-base

Montanagirl said...

I love these birds too. We get them right here in the middle of town (small town, lol). They'll perch on a big tree right in the middle of a coulee just a block away.

Debbie said...

i like them too t....they are so pretty in flight!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yup -- they're just out there doing their job like they're supposed to. (When we see them flying over -- usually when we're having a glass of wine on the deck -- we tell ourselves we better get up and move around some before they think we're roadkill).

eileeninmd said...

I think I am so use to seeing them now, they do not bother me and I do not think they are creepy. They do help keep the neighborhood clean. Great shots of the Vultures.

wayside wanderer said...

Me, too. They are some kind of unusual.

Frank said...

Nothing quite like them over here!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Interesting birds.

Regards and best wishes

Randy said...

A face only a mother could love.

Icy BC said...

Very interesting critter, and such wonderful captured!

Linda R said...

Not the prettiest bird on the farm are they..

Michelle said...

Interesting birds, yet creepy!

heyBJK said...

How cool! We have a bunch of those, but I never get to see them roosting. Once in a blue moon I'll come upon some feeding on roadkill, but not often. Great photos!

Jill said...

They ARE very interesting!

Bruce Clark said...

They are interesting and very big as well.

Donna said...

They are UGG-LEE!

Rohrerbot said...

They are extremely interesting to look at! I've been hearing a lot about these birds this year. You've got some fun visitors to your area! What were they looking for?:)

SouthCoast Guy said...

their is just something about vultures that I don't like...

Charade said...

And I do hope they're not waiting for that poor skinny Paco to die so they can have steak for dinner.

Tammy said...

I find the vultures fascinating as well. I'm always afraid of what I might find when there is a large group of them near by...

Gillian Olson said...

They have very interesting colouring, it's their dietary habits that I have some trouble with though.

Larry said...

Vultures are such fascinating birds Theresa. I love the Turkey Vutures and it's a good thing 'cause we have plenty of them around. Unfortunately, they are the only vultures we do have here in Northern California.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Theresa, Great pictures of the Turkey Vultures. They are pretty--but I still like them. I usually see some when we go to Arkansas --but didn't see them this year.
Hugs,
Betsy

Mariette said...

Dearest Theresa,

Oh, we got plenty of them here as well. They are in fact very important predators with a function for cleaning up carcasses in nature and thus preventing diseases and so on. They have an appetite and what eyesight when they're circling around hungry.
Love to you and thanks again for such great shots!

Mariette

Springman said...

Still waiting for a TV sighting up North. It won't be long now that the snow is gone. They say vultures make the best pets, that they enjoy human company and become very affectionate. I do not intend to find out for myself!

Nancy said...

I agree. They are fascinating, yet creepy, all at the same time.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

They are certainly fascinating...but they sure are UGLY. Having said that...that red looks kind of pretty from a distance ;) Hope your week is a good one.
Maura :)

Judy said...

As ugly as they are, they are fascinating birds.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

I'm surprised the dogs weren't beneath the tree, yiping and barking to make them come down. :) Have a good day.

Daniel LaFrance said...

Are they waiting for something? ;-)

Cool captures!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Are they waiting for something? ;-)

Cool captures!

Magia da Inês said...

Parecem com urubus mas as fotos estão bonitas.
Boa quarta-feira!
Beijinhos.
Brasil.

✿✿
♪º° ✿

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I still think having vultures watching my house would be rather unsettling!

The cute name for my bird is actually its real name - it's not like I just decided to call him Willie!

Cheers - Stewart M

Denise said...

Great pictures. We see a lot of these flying overhead. They are so graceful in flight.

NatureFootstep said...

yes, they are interesting birds. :)

EG CameraGirl said...

They aren't pretty but they do clean up our environment! :)

Nancy Claeys said...

Not seeing too many of these around just yet. Must be too cold for them.

Rose said...

Oh, those things are around here thick...I think there are more of them than there was a few years ago.

Marie said...

They seem to be so casually waiting for something to capture their attention on this fine spring day!

rkbsnana said...

Yikes! I am curious how early I would have to get up to be the first to comment on your blog. If I miss one, just know I do enjoy your pictures.

Jo Bryant said...

I love vultures - they are such interesting birds

Breathtaking said...

In my part of the world there are
turkeys, and there are vultures.I
had never heard of TV's until I started to follow your blog.Nice
pics.

Clint said...

I see them from time to time in the neighborhood---whenever something has been run over or otherwise dead. I usually see two or three as they gather 'round the corpse for a repast.

I reckon they are the ugliest boid I ever did see. Poor things.

I had one in my front yard in Texas a few years back. He/she was eating a dead rabbit. I shooed him/her away, but when I went back inside the house, it returned immediately.

OK, I thought, I got something for ya---got my trusty Red Ryder bb gun and plunked the beast right in the wing. He slowly looked at me in disdain and took off. I noticed the bb just bounced off him/her. Sigh.

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

gaaaawk....gaaaaaawk

Roan said...

These are creepy birds. I think they are scarier than ravens as in Poe's description. We once saw one sitting on a head stone in a graveyard next to the road. Sadly, before I could get focused, it flew. Would have been a great shot.

Andrea said...

Turkey Vultures ... I love them. I worked with two Turkey Vultures that lived in a Rehab facility. They are amazingly social and playful. The are so ugly that they are cute. And no one can deny that they preform an indispensable function for our environment. Loved your pictures.

Andrea @From The Sol
http://www.fromthesol.blogspot.com

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