Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bird With a View

Black vulture on the power pole.
 




I guess this is called 'rubbernecking'.
Linking to Rurality Blog Hop

140 comments:

RoeH said...

They are pretty regal. Beautiful!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

They are impressive in their own way!

Catherine said...

He certainly seems to be gawking around! LOL!
xo Catherine

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

they really are beautiful birds. sort of like a turkey. i rather them - maybe the only one? ha. ha!! great shots "T". ( :

Jeevan said...

Wow! Stunning photographs on the Vulture... the close up shot helps reveal at details.

Lynne said...

Regal like . . . not so pretty . . . BUT, the black of their wing is such a beautiful, soft, smooth, charcoal black fluff.
Top pictures show it off!

Jeanne said...

Love that... rubbernecking..... They do look like that don't they

Dianna said...

He looks proud. Guess he doesn't know the opinion most folks have of his kind!

JM said...

Great captures! I've seen many of these guys on my travels in the Americas.

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Absolutely incredible close ups of the vulture Tex.
Is there food around there for him to scavenge..!
where do they sleep at night.!
xx val

Jacquelineand.... said...

Really great photos....he reminds me of an old gent in a black frock coat.

Deb said...

Standing proud

Kathy said...

I never thought I'd call a buzzard handsome but you've brought out the best in this guy!

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Few can rubber neck as well as a Black Vulture!

Dicky Bird said...

crazy bird - great shots.

nic.b van es said...

Hheel mooi.maar hebben jullie daar geen last van?

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

They are very interesting birds after I get over the creepy factor! Our turkey vultures are coming back for the summer, we have seen one.

Sandra said...

this vulture has a prettier head than the ones we have here, ours are kind of orange looking with lumps on them

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Turkey buzzards/vultures.

Tanya Breese said...

awesome! vultures always remind me of the old snow white. the ride at disneyland used to scare me, all those vultures!

georgettesullins said...

He is certainly black with little color variation except the texture of his feathers.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Great shots~

Molly The Wally said...

The second pic is amazing. Kind of strange looking aren't they? Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Busy Little Chicken said...

Quite a handsome beast really! I love the colour of him :)

DJan said...

If you ask me, he's not a pretty bird, but quite personable. :-)

Kelly said...

...rubbernecking! Haha! ...that aside, I think he has his eye on you! Cool birds...we have more of the Turkey Vultures here, but the Black Vultures are becoming more numerous.

MarkD60 said...

Vultures don't have feathers on their heads so they can more easily stick their head in the chest cavity of their "dinners".

Lynda said...

Although vultures may not have the best connotation in society, they are still beautiful creatures and a true necessity for keeping the planet "clean" of decay. You have depicted him here as noble and handsome!

Birdman said...

After I see them The Red Pony always comes to mind.

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Excellent captures!

S. J. Qualls said...

How on earth did you get such straight on shots? Amazing pictures of a necessary bird!

Buttons said...

Morning Tex it is nasty out here this morning I am soaking wet after feeding time.
WOW these are great shots it always makes me nervous when Vultures look me in the eye I wonder what he is thinking. Too many westerns as a child no doubt. Hug B

Joop Zand said...

Stunning pictures again.....nice work.

Greetings, Joop

Daryl said...

he is saying 'what? gimme a break, gulls do it all the time'

rainfield61 said...

It is Socrates of the vultures.

Muffy's Marks said...

If you had a mouse on your shoulder, I think he would have attacked you. He looks like he's looking for his next meal.

Judy said...

Good shots, but they're not the most attractive bird.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Nasty hook on that beak, I'd hate to have that tear into my leg!

parker said...

Just sitting around while looking for it's next clean up job! Like the close-ups!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I have always found vultures to be beautiful birds. Lovely photos :)

Barb Brookbank said...

Amazing shots of a fascinating bird!

Susan said...

They do have a important job on this earth don't they. Cleaning up after nature. He's a pretty good lookin guy! Great photos girl!

Tracey from Haiku.You.Do said...

LOL,

LOL, rubber necker. Too funny. I do believe they are some the creepiest creatures alive. They do, however, help keep the world clean, I suppose!

Maple Lane said...

Great photos! I saw one in a field yesterday on my way to the dentist.

joeh said...

Reminds me of me favorite Gary Larson cartoon:

Two buzzards sitting in a tree, one turns to the other and says, "Patience hell, I'm going to kill something!"

Hanne Bente said...

WAU - it's something of a bird ..... :)

Montanagirl said...

Ha! He was "SO" proud to have his photo taken! LOL. Nice images.

Rebecca said...

I would love that view...but not if I had to have that face. :)

acreativeharbor.com said...

Wow! Fantastic photography of one nature's gems!

thanks for your comments ^_^

Codzienne życie Agaty said...

Beautiful birds and photos are wonderful.

Evelyn S. said...

Fascinating birds....and now that I've learned more about them....not so fearsome!

Karen said...

He's got his eye on something!

Jeanne said...

Funny how God made these scavangers look so different from other birds. Sense of humor?

Samantha said...

Handsome fellow! Thanks for keeping things clean for us, vultures!

Jan n Jer said...

A much needed bird in our environment. But soooooo ugly! Great pics

polkadotpeticoat said...

I must say he's scary or intimidating I guess is a better word! Heidi

Farm Girl said...

I always love Vulture shots.
Too bad he wasn't doing that solar thing with his wings. I thought maybe he was going to do that.

Patty Woodland said...

I rather like vultures.

I always remember when Snoopy played at being a vulture. Made me laugh

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What a handsome bird.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

He's definitely giving you the eye.

DeniseinVA said...

These are such fun photos!

Sylvia K said...

Who is checking out who??? You or him?? Great captures as always!

Lois Evensen said...

Ha! Rubbernecking for sure! I think he was waiting for something to drop dead!

Furry Bottoms said...

I thought vultures were supposed to be butt ugly. This guy is not!!

don said...

He's a rugged looking bird. Nice series - especially with his dark feathers making it difficult to distinguish the details. Well done.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Know what? Vultures are beautiful too! Great shots, as always!

Daniel LaFrance said...

Looks to me that his discerning eyes are locked on a target. lol

Raggedy Creations said...

hmmmm not sure I can say he's handsome but there is an "aire" about him.

Felicia

Michaele said...

Vultures always remind me of a crossbreed of some sort. Rubbernecking - lol!

holdingmoments said...

He looks a biggie.

Gail said...

Do these have the white under their wings?

We are having trouble with them being very aggressive and attacking calves and cattle that may be down.

They are beautiful and serve a purpose but the aggression I could do without.

Fantastic pictures as usual.

wayside wanderer said...

LOVE that last shot. Makes me smile.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Rubbernecking - LOL!

Grant Blakeney said...

always looking for something... or someone.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He's ready to land on anything that doesn't move! The 'rubbernecking' is kind of especially funny to me because near here, in the Everglades, the black vultures eat rubber (there are actually warning signs posted in the park.)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Rubbernecking...you are so funny. I think the vultures are photogenic creatures. Such interesting features. You got quite a lot of angles of this one. I saw a white-faced one a while back, but couldn't get one decent shot. You did great!

gowestferalwoman said...

Once again you have made that guy look way good - royality even - gives a bird respect it does!

SweetMarie said...

I bet his view is awesome!

Ailime said...

Spectacular photos! Hugs Ailime

Giga said...

Wygląda groźnie stojąc na palu i na tle szarego nieba. Pozdrawiam.
It looks scary standing on the pitch and against the gray sky. Yours.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Wow, I'm glad we don't have those here! The starlings, grackles and hawks are trouble enough!

pattisjarrett said...

Bird's necks have a great turning radius! Great shots, did you shinny up the pole?

Robin Lamb said...

T, an ugly sucker, huh!

Carole M. said...

intruiging to see up close like you did

Barbara Shallue said...

great close-ups!

Bob Bushell said...

Black beauty, wow, nice catching.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Wow!! What a bird....beautiful or ugly I dont know

Fjällripan said...

Such a cool bird!! Great photos of him to! :)

Kate said...

Big, black and powerful. Great images.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

How nice pictures .. Impressive!!! Greetings.

Stephanie said...

Impressive shots!

Kris Beskidzki said...

This is a huge vulture. Beautiful photo. :)

We would like to greet you and wish you a nice day. :)

DIMI said...

Great captures Tex!Cute bird!!!
Dimi..

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I think he is beautiful! What great shots :)

Lmkazmierczak said...

Excellent capture♫ Very imposing. My Rurality effort: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/02/fun-with-sundials.html

Paula said...

when we see these guys flying over we get to checking.

bettyl said...

Wonder what he can see?!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Hope you kept breathing while taking your shots.

edenhills said...

They aren't the prettiest bird, but they are interesting.

Brian King said...

It seems like lots of people are photographing Black Vultures lately. That's a great perch! I think these guys are even more ominous than their Turkey cousins. Great shots!

Jill said...

I dunno...they scare me!

eileeninmd said...

They must feel special up there... like they are on top of the world. Great shots!

bailey-road.com said...

He has a rather noble look about him.

Red said...

He looks like he was waiting for his next meal.

Nancy Claeys said...

Did you get a new lens? email me. :)

SquirrelQueen said...

You know, for a vulture, he is a handsome fellow. I really like the perspective of your second photo!

Linda said...

These are so neat! I love that close-up in the second photo. And the rubbernecking. So cute.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

He is something else. We saw a vulture at the Caldwell Zoo Monday that was incredible with his oranges and purplish colors on his head. They are different critters. blessings ~ tanna

Randy said...

Looks like he's eyeing something.

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Hi TexWis
I bounced over from Our Neck of the Woods and am now your newest follower. Your photos are lovely and your macro work is awesome! We have turkey vultures and they are big like this guy. Wondering if he is thinking about lunch?
Looking forward to visiting often.
Jen

Paula said...

Careful, T~ looks like he has his eye on you! *haha*

SandyCarlson said...

This bird's thinking, "I am the power." Great shots.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
He's sitting there very proud as being in charge of making life's circle round. The vultures clean up the carcasses in nature and recycle well.
Hugs,
Mariette

Linda said...

Ah, you have one too! Cool pictures.

You asked me about link-ups and I must admit I don't know how they are linked. I do participate in City Daily Photo but that's done through Facebook.

Leave It To Davis said...

On our drive Monday, we came across four vultures just sitting on an old falling in shed...and I got out of the truck to try to get a good shot...and again, it doesn't hold a candle to yours...but I was so excited to get them in a picture. I'm going to go post it now.

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
Oh, they are only from TV for me p;)
How proudly he sits there☆☆☆ I wonder if there might be a case of attacking humans. (just clean up the carcasses in nature; hehe, thanks to the Mariette new word for me)

PS> Thank you very much for the sweet comment. I wish I could know how to let the camera do the work(^^;) Still don't have the courage to buy SLR. Last night one of my students suggested me using the applications of mobile phone to make the blurry back. Well, when finding time.

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*

Landbohaven said...

Jeg kom bare lige forbi.
Gode billeder.
Tak for kigget.
Ha´ en dejlig dag.

Crissi said...

Really amazing animals, beautiful pictures!
Nice day
Crissi

Candy C. said...

He's a big guy! Yikes!!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

You were so close to this bird. Wow!
Amazing shots
Greetings
Angela

RamblingRound said...

I believe I will look up when walking beneath power poles!

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots!

Kerri said...

I Love these birds!

Marie said...

Nothing like knowing you OWN everything you can see! :-)

Pam ;) said...

They get a bad rap- these black vultures clean up the road-kill so we don't have messy cars and slippery roads.

Pat Tillett said...

Vultures and buzzards aren't much to look at when just standing around, but when they fly, they are amazing...

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

He's wondering if he'd like fries with you.
Hate those things! Henry loses his mind when they just sit and stare from the telephone poles.

gtyyup said...

My least favorite scavenger bird...but you actually make him look quite stately! Nice shots!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Theresa, King of the Castle!!!! Rubber-necking is a great way to describe him....

Hugs,
Betsy

Anne Payne said...

Extraordinary! He's a might intimidating, isn't he?

Genie Robinson said...

I would definitely not want to be in this guy's sightline if I were a wee eatable animal. An impressive specimen. Awesome captures. genie

Maria said...

I find them majestic despite of what others might say.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Good shots! We have the Turkey Vulture here and I do think they are uglier than yours.

Betty Manousos said...

he looks like he was enjoying having his photo taken.
he is so impressive, as are your photos!

Faye said...

That hooked beak is fierce. They're like the enforcers of the bird world. :-)

Tammy said...

Great close ups! I like watching Black Vultures!

Madge Bloom said...

Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #4' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #5...

Sandy said...

Blech! Vultures give me the creeps. They are excellent photos though!

Rohrerbot said...

This bird is so ugly; it's beautiful. One of my favorites to see out in the wild!

Rose said...

Rubbernecking sure is a good description!

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