Saturday, November 24, 2012

Turkey leftovers

Turkey vulture, that is.
Pondside
Roadside.
Two turkey vultures with a black vulture.


Treeing it.

Linking to Camera Critters
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115 comments:

✿ chica said...

Fotos lindas! beijos,ótimo fim de semana!chica

nene said...

Just wonder'n? You know how turkey meat makes one sleepy, do they themselves sleep alot? Hmmm? Do they snore or do they gobble when asleep? These are very important issues to think about when sitting back on one's recliner watching the turkey bowl.

Hope you ate well mi amiga

Primitive Stars said...

Wow!!!!! Really great shots of the birds and what birds they are, kinda ugly dare I say.......Guess there Mom loves them.... Blessings Francine.

rainfield61 said...

I read so much.

When I see turkey again, I thought of thanksgiving.

DJan said...

Yikes! Look at that windspan! This is yet another kind of turkey; I think I like the kind I can eat better, but your pictures are wonderful nevertheless. :-)

Dicky Bird said...

Must be tough being a vulture... the name sounds terrible, not to mention their faces...

Hanne Bente said...

Nice picture you show - I really like the picture No. 2 where the turkeys are joined by another bird.
Hanne Bente

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

We have loads of them here. The county tosses deer roadkills off in a specific place nearby so the custodians of Nature can do their thing and take care of business. Wonderful birds.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Excellent photographs of the turkey vultures.

Giga said...

Nie jestem wielkim miłośnikiem tych ptaków, ale zdjęcia podobają mi się. Pozdrawiam.
I'm not a big fan of these birds, but the pictures I like. Yours.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

I am never pleased when I see them scouting out an area close but I know they have a job to do. You got some great pictures Tex. Love the shot of the one sunning!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

The American Black Vultures are my fave of the 2, but all are so very useful, and have purpose. The first image along pond side, is really beautiful! Happy Saturday~

Joop Zand said...

Good photo's Teresa.

Wish you a lovely weekend.

greetings from Holland, Joop

Łucja-Maria said...

Welcome to Tex!
Fantastic photographic series.
Wonderful birds, I am delighted with them.

Molly The Wally said...

Yikes. Great shots though. Have a super Saturday.
Best wishes Molly

Crissi said...

Wow beautiful,
nice weekend
Crissi

Jana said...

nice shots, not the prettiest of all birds, but I guess their mamma loves them all the same.

Lynne said...

Wow, look at that wingspan . . . We have Wiid Turkey that roam the fields around here, are they considered Turkey Vultures?

Linda said...

Turkey vultures are pretty birds...if you don't look too closely. Love that shot of the spread wings.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Here I thought you were going to share some recipe for leftover turkey from thanksgiving. LOL These guys are ugly yet beautiful in their own way.

Deb said...

I saw several circling on thanksgiving morning figured they were smelling all the turkeys cooking

Kathy said...

I'll stick with the other type of turkey leftovers.

holdingmoments said...

Impressive looking birds.

Michelle said...

I love to see them soaking up the sun with their wings spread wide!

Pom Pom said...

We had turkey vultures in Washington. I love the title of your post!

Eyeliquor said...

I like the Bat Man shots!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I pretty much knew this wasn't going to be a recipe post. Interesting birds!

Sandra said...

for some reason, the past few days, we have had flocks of these guys circling all over the neighborhood. and some of them their wings appear to be 4 or 5 feet when they fly over the back yard, they are so ugly on the ground and beautiful as they soar.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of turkey vulture.

Larry Ostby said...

Ugly but necessary. Nice shots T.

Brian King said...

These are all cool! Of course, it helps to like vultures. The tree wingspread photo is awesome!

Beth said...

Great shots of a bird that is necessary but not exactly beautiful. :-)

Birdman said...

Ugly birds I've hated ever since reading the Red Pony.

Jeevan said...

I never saw a vulture alive… This one I not even heard. Good shots!

Breathtaking said...

Saw some caged vultures yesterday
and it made me sad.What a difference to see them in the wild
at your place.

Such an impressive wing span on pics 4 and 5.

Buttons said...

Awesome shots of a very ugly bird, ok beauty is in the eye of the beholder.They are incredible pictures..

I wish all you Americans would stop talking about turkey leftovers I am craving a sandwich so bad SO I have a turkey in the oven since no one mailed me one:) B

Jacquelineand.... said...

These are great photos of a very distinctive bird. Ugly, but distinctive.

I was driving to work early one morning when I was still young, and crested a hill......only to find a line of turkey vultures sitting on a fence row with wings open wide. It was an eerily awesome sight.

Shaun Gibbs said...

Luckily we dont have vultures ee in the UK. They are an awesome bird though

parker said...

Wonderful birds. Nice shot of the vulture warming his body in the "horaltic pose" !

Sally said...

ewwww.

I was looing forward to the turkey leftovers! LOL

xoxo

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
They make nature's cycle round... the garbage collectors of mother nature. Ugly looking birds.
Hugs,
Mariette

Lindsjö taxar said...

We dont have them wild here in Sweden...only on farms. Beautiful moon pictures....

bailey-road.com said...

Love the pose with the outspread wings!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

You dont want these on your bird feeders.

have a great weekend too.


peter

islandwonder said...

I have a fine appreciation for these birds. They keep the roads in our neighborhood clean as a whistle.

don said...

I like the play on words in your title. Nice series. We have many wild turkeys in the woods around here. When in the road, they take their time crossing and never seem to hurry.

Jenn Jilks said...

They are amazing critters, aren't they?
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Findlay Wilde said...

They look really sinister, but I enjoyed the post. From Findlay

Sylvia K said...

I love your feathery left overs! They look like they're putting on quite a show with all the spread wings!

Tombstone Livestock said...

I wonder do they taste like chicken or turkey?

Dianne said...

the shot of them on the ground really makes them look like thugs :)

Ms. A said...

Although they serve a purpose, seeing them used to make me nervous, wondering what had met an unfortunate demise.

Misty DawnS said...

Cool shots! I like the ones with the Black Vulture in with the Turkey Vultures.

Maple Lane said...

They are definitely something only a mama could love!!!
Theresa, I won't be blogging for the next few weeks due to John being sick, but I'll still be visiting. Have a good weekend.

Gary said...

Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Red said...

Turkey vultures...amazing birds. Fine shots. Usually they are very far away so hard to photograph..
Turkey vultures nest here so are very secretive. they've found that old abandoned buildings work well...house attics

Rita said...

They may not be the prettiest birds, but they are needed. They're like the garbagemen of the bird world. :)

SweetMarie said...

Funny! I only like them when they are flying high. :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Bet those guys would clean up the left-over leftovers. Great shot of those wings.

Patty Woodland said...

Doing Nature's clean up work

nic.b van es said...

het zijn wel mooie vogels.

Snap said...

Vultures are fascinating birds. Nice series.

Bob Bushell said...

One can say, they're ugly, but, I think that they are beautiful.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Those sure are near Zapilotes! I sure do like any and all buzzards! Have a wonderful weekend!

wildlifewatcher said...

Sorry to have misspelled the word - should definitely be Zopilotes not Zapilotes. Sorry. My Spanish is about as good as my eyesight at the moment. Ha!

Tricia Hays said...

Are they not the scariest lookin bird there is... Holy cow! LoL! =0

Betsy Adams said...

Cute, Theresa.. I put a picture of a turkey from Cades Cove on Facebook yesterday--with this explanation: "Tee Hee Hee... I'm safe--and YOU can't eat me!! (Protected in Cades Cove).... ha ha

Hugs,
Betsy

DeniseinVA said...

Goodness, so interesting to see these birds up close. Great photos!

Margie said...

Haha. Not the most attractive of birds!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Actually saw them up close here in Philly!!! Quite a surprise:@)

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I do not recall seeing them with a grey head, are those the females?

While they do perform a useful duty, they are quite nasty looking.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Nasty looking these guys and gals.

Great shots though.

Karen said...

Okay, so maybe I am weird, I like vultures...great shots!

dr momi said...

isn't their wing span gorgeous?

DIMI said...

Fantastic photos Tex!But so ugly birds!!!
Dimi..

Janey and Co. said...

Scary!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Huh! I didn't know there was a black vulture in addition to the turkey vulture. Guess they don't mind sharing space. Nice shots.

Kerri said...

Vultures are so cool!!

A Quiet Corner said...

One day, the Pres & I watched some "BVs" perch in one our tallest trees but I didn't want them to begin roosting there so we sent in the dogs!...:)JP

laura.forestdreams:) said...

yay for the vultures!
when i see them i know there be bones nearby!! =)

nice pond visitors!

Debbie said...

oooohhhh i was thinkin' "food" pictures!!

i see lot's of turkey vultures and only occasionally do i see vultures. they are a rare sighting in these parts!!

Deanna said...

Give me the old fashioned turkey leftovers, please. But great captures of some LARGE birds!!

jyothisethu said...

beautiful pictures...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those guys are all about the leftovers aren't they? Nice pictures, fun to see both species together.

Paula said...

When we see any kind of birds like these circling over we start checking for a dead cow or calf.

SandyCarlson said...

They are dignified in their way. Wonderful photos.

edenhills said...

These are the best turkey leftovers I've seen all day!

Tammy said...

Glad I'm not the only one who thinks Vultures make great subjects!!

Paula said...

Poor things... they got left out in the looks department! LOL

Carole M. said...

interesting bird indeed

Susan said...

Those open wing shots are awesome!

Huldra said...

How can people say these creatures are ugly? Beautiful black birds :)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Have not seen one ! thank you !

Leave It To Davis said...

Cover your eyes!!!

You are so witty! "Turkey lefovers...turkey vultures, that is"...I hear the song from The Beverly Hillbillies in my head now.

Randy said...

I hope they don't get Mr. Squirrel.

Indrani Ghose said...

Great captures. What an amazing bird!

Jo's World said...

Any vulture could win an Ugly Bird award!

These are no exception.

You can have these guys!

Cheers,
Jo, Stella and Zkhat

ashok said...

huge birds! good snaps!

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the Turkey Vultures! I guess they do not have to worry about being Thanksgiving dinner.

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

These Turkey vultures remind me of Bustards that live up on the frontier of Portugal and Spain..
Just like Vultures.. i somehow dont like them.
But still a great shot Tex.
happy sunday
val

Candy C. said...

Great shots, especially the ones in the tree! :)

Donna said...

Those are such ugly birds! They kind of creep me out, LOL.

Montanagirl said...

Aren't they just the strangest birds? We had about 25 that hung around town all last summer - they perch in a treetop close to our house.

Rohrerbot said...

I love how these birds mingle together. Black vultures have been spotted here. I saw them at around 50 around a carcass. Amazing creatures!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Great captures! I love watching turkey vultures - we have an abundance here although I've never seen the black vulture except in photographs.

Thanks for all your comments today. We've been gone and have a busy week ahead, so I'm trying to play catch up as I can. Hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving. :-)

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JM said...

I'm familiared with these vultures, have seen many in Central America.

Daryl said...

now this is a funny post

Margaret said...

Poor ugly critters... It is so hard to like them.. but they are necessary!

Rose said...

Wonderful shots....specially the one with the wings spread out!

James said...

I used to see turkey vultures all the time in Pennsylvania but I've never seen one in Texas.

MICKAN¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

It's a fantastic birdlife you have.
As always, lovely picture!

This morning there was a deer and the stag was after her in the yard, 5 meter from the house. And of course the camera was not ready.
For a months ago I also have a wolf in my yard but he is not here now. Thanks for that, beacuse I don't want to have him here when I have dogs.

We have rain, rain and more rain here in Gothenburg now. i belive that the weather is bether in your place.

Regards from MICKAN

Hilary said...

Your post title made me laugh. Too funny.

Liz said...

These are great Theresa. Ive never seen a Vulture of any kind!

pattisjarrett said...

Love the tree picture with spread wings. They're quite pretty from the neck down! Won't be making a sandwich out of these leftovers!

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