Sunday, February 3, 2013

Black Vultures to cheer you on Sunday :)









Linking to The Bird D'Pot

131 comments:

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Eeeeeerie ):
strange bird the vulture.
great shots ..

Joop Zand said...

Very good shots again......never seen this one before.

Dianna said...

Well....cheering folks up is probably not what vultures are known for.... ;)
But have a good Sunday!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

They are quite handsome birds in their own way. Nice pictures of these scavengers.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

They are quite handsome birds in their own way. Nice pictures of these scavengers.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, Wow!!!! such great pictures of the Black Vulture....for some reason not as ugly as the other Vulture.....Blessings Francine.

Nancy Claeys said...

They are good to have around -- if not for looks, but for cleaning up unwanted "stuff." :)

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

They are one unique kind of bird! They have a job to do!.. :)

Kate said...

Absolutely fantastic shots of this bird~!

Maple Lane said...

Great shots of these spooky vultures!

Buttons said...

Morning Tex We have Turkey Vultures here and the only thing I know about Vultures in Texas is what I seen in the movies something that always makes me a little nervous:)
Great shots they are a pretty bird in some ways. Hug B

MarmePurl said...

Misty fog a bonus.

Indrani Ghose said...

These are rare here.
Great sights!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Vultures are an interesting bird. They are ugly,yet beautiful. Does that make sense? I had to go look up the Black Vulture in a field guide. I see that their wing pattern is totally different from the Turkey Vulture,which I am familiar with.

Sandra said...

I like these vultures, just like i like the possums. they are natures way of cleaning our environment, unlike us humans. the 3rd pic today is my favorite, i like his beak and he looks a little sad....

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

oh, i wish they would spread their wings for ya. they are such awesome birds. love to show off too. ( :

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
Oh, vultures look SO gallant (not sure the word is proper here, haha) or brave.
I never knew there were black ones(^^;)
I wished I could have more courage seeing them☆☆☆

Love you always from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Molly The Wally said...

Amazing but creepy at the same time. Love the last shot. Have a serene Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

Beth said...

Everything is beautiful in its own way. Excellent shots!

nyloncamera said...

Nice series specially the last two!

Montanagirl said...

Nice job on the Vulture photos. We don't get the black ones here - just Turkey Vultures with their bright red heads. Really like your silhouette shots.

Fireblossom said...

Oh yeah, they're real day brighteners. I half expect to turn around and see The Reaper standing behind me, now. Sheesh, you nut!

Pom Pom said...

Beautiful shots! I learn a lot about birds from you!

Hilke Breder said...

Fabulous shots, Theresa! They are such strange-looking creatures - kind of prehistoric.

Hanne Bente said...

Lovely pictures!
Thank you for sharing) Hanne Bente

Deb said...

Great shots

Comment1 said...

Yes, vultures are SO relaxing! They always remind of a looooong sleep.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I don't know why vultures get a bad name...they're actually beautiful birds. Visiting your blog regularly for the past month, I find myself wanting to get into nature photography :)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

What a cool looking bird!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Nothing says cheerful quite like a set of vulture photos :-) nice captures!

Janey and Co. said...

Sorry...they give me the creeps!

Margie said...

You're just messin' with us on a Sunday!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Well now, who invited them to dinner:@) Happy Sunday!

georgettesullins said...

Looks like they're perched to do their job.

Crissi said...

Beautiful images, never seen this wild birds!
Nice day
Crissi

Lynne said...

What are they "vultching?"

Michelle said...

Nice!

A Quiet Corner said...

I prefer the "TV's" instead...much more attractive...:)JP

Fjällripan said...

A very mystic bird, and a little bit scary...;) Great shots!

Judy said...

They sure wouldn't win any beauty contests :)

ellen abbott said...

much maligned birds but great to have in the ecosystem.

Donna OShaughnessy said...

I love black birds, especially the vultures and the ravens. Which is why my daughter, now 32 is named Raven because I love her and the name Vulture seemed a little too edgy for a newborn.

Your photography inspires me to learn more about my camera. Thank you!

DJan said...

Oooo, they are so spooky looking! Great shots, Tex!

Val said...

These are amazing shots, creepy but amazing!! My blue birds returned today, so I am Happy :)

Ian Holland said...

I think I saw one of those in a nightmare last week!

Farm Girl said...

Those are such great photos. I just love vultures. Were you close enough that they were hissing at you?
I am always impressed when you get shots of them.

Patty Woodland said...

I think vultures are kind of cool

Wally Jones said...

Very nice series! I love watching them soar on a clear day. It usually means hawks and eagles will be nearby!
Of course, I'd hate to walk in the woods and swamps if we had no vultures to keep things clean!

~mel said...

What? No superbowl Raven! I guess I'll have to settle for the vulture ~ lol.

Gary said...

Pretty dramatic!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

don said...

They are interesting creatures and probably unliked by those who have no first hand experience because of their reputation. Good series.

Phil said...

We don't have any vultures in the UK so it's great to see yours TWG. it cheered up my gloomy, rainy Sunday too.

Brk Trt said...

They are ominous creatures. But very necessary in nature.

Small City Scenes said...

Do I need Vultures to cheer me on or up. LOL Cool pictures. We only have Turkey Vultures here with bright red heads. MB

RoeH said...

I love those birds. They gotten a bad reputation through the years. I think they're beautiful in their own way. Every once in a while here while driving you can see one swoop down in front of you and grab the already run over snake. Pretty interesting.

Pam ;) said...

Not the prettiest birds in nature but they do clean up quite well.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

They are magnificent. I spotted my first pair last week but they had white faces. :/

Sylvia K said...

Great shots! Good to know there is something that looks worse than I do on a gray, early morning!!!

holdingmoments said...

Great birds. Such power and attitude.

Brian King said...

Nothing like a symbol of death to bring a little cheer! :-) I've rarely seen these. We have far more of the Turkey death symbols. Those last two photos are awesome!

Debbie said...

oh i love them!! #2 is so cool, with his stretching neck, it shows the "feather fluff"!!

they are rarer here, we have lots of turkey vultures but if you see these, with the black head, it's considered a rare sighting!!

love looking at them fly!!

happy sunday!!

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the Black Vultures. I am not sure if they would cheer me though!

Anni said...

Vultures may not cheer me up, but your COMMENTARY here on your post did.

Great pics...I especially like the 3rd one down from the top.

nic.b van es said...

zwarte gieren ,die vliegen bij jullie in de tuin?

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Stay away from our ribs please!

Deanna said...

Oh my, ugly birds...even their name is ugly. bring by the skinny chicken!!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They are just nasty looking creatures!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Hahaha! You know, they are cheering me up, much cuter in your photos than the image I had of them...

Robin said...

T, nefarious critters indeed! Great shots!

Lisa Gordon said...

I know these guys are supposed to be creepy and such, but there is something about them that I just love. Great photos, especially the last two.

Happy Sunday to you!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Wow!!.. Impressive.. I was saying in Colombia.. Fantastic raptor.. Congrats

Nancy said...

Nice shots, Theresa. They are a little creepy, though. Especially in those last two dark photos.

Dave said...

Vultures! can be ugly things, however I think the Black Vultures have somewhat of a cute appeal. I know some of your readers dont think so.

Whilst in Venezuela last year I came across this species alot and loved them

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Todd loves the vultures that soar over our house--He chases them while they ignore him.

Allison said...

I have to confess ... nothing makes me love those birds. :( lol

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Black Vultures, looking smug in trees.

Red said...

I always find these guys a little creepy. As always you show a good sequence of shots.

Lindsjö taxar said...

Great serie....they look some scary

EM Illustrator said...

Wow, great shots of these big birds :)

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Fastastic birds you have shown, what are they waiting for, is there food for them ?



peter

Barb said...

Thank you, Theresa, I feel better about myself now!

Roan said...

Creepy birds, but nice shots.

Giga said...

Dla mnie to smutne ptaki, ale zdjęcia mają bardzo ładne. Pozdrawiam.
For me, it's sad birds, but the pictures are very nice. Yours.

Karen said...

They're an interesting looking bird. Great captures and I like the last two in silhouette.

Linda said...

I don't think I've ever seen one of these fellows, although we have an abundance of their cousins, the turkey vulture. I do believe the branch of the family you have is a bit more handsome than those that we have.

MTWaggin said...

I always knew you were "unique" Miss T, but really! Vultures and CHEER! sheesh LOL

Patrice said...

I feel cheered. Excuse me while I check my pulse...

parker said...

See lots of Turkey Vultures but few of these. Handy birds they are. Always ready to take on a morbid clean up job!

DIMI said...

Are'nt they a bit of ugly birds Tex?Your photos are amazing as always!Have a lovely week!!
Dimi..

Raggedy Creations said...

Well I don't think I can say they are handsome but God definitely made them for a purpose. TFS Theresa.

Felicai

Nancy said...

YOu really got some great shots...they are really big birds and not so pretty....

Paula said...

Everything is here for a reason.

bailey-road.com said...

Great shots of these cool birds.

Candy C. said...

You're so funny!! :)

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Ok, ummm not exactly known for their beauty are they? HA HA Nice shots though.

Chatty Crone said...

Can you believe I saw one here??

Rose said...

Nice captures of a not so pretty bird.

Donna said...

Those things are so creepy!

Linda said...

The last two shots look moody and artistic! Nice work.

Andy Wilson said...

Awesome!

edenhills said...

They certainly are impressive birds.

Ms. Becky said...

I think Vultures get a bad rap. Look at how they've been exploited in Western movies - used as props to show us that someone is laying dead all over the desert somewhere. poor guys. they have their purpose, and your shots are excellent. I almost like them.
happy week to you TWG. ( you know, your new profile shot makes up for the vultures - it's adorable).

Susan said...

Such an interesting bird. Kinda scary and kinda cool!

Kerri said...

I Love these birds!

Mama Zen said...

These are outstanding! Vultures are so cool.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Are they waiting for the team that gets slaughtered in the Super Bowl?

SandyCarlson said...

Wow. They are strange and necessary birds.

Lois Evensen said...

Spooky!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That one with its open beak was a super shot! I only saw them once over the fence at our neighbor's property, feasting on an armadillo... With their wingspan they had a hard time rising off the ground through the branches up.
Hugs,
Mariette

Carletta said...

I don't know about the cheer part -I always associate them with death and black ones even. I'll probably have nightmares. :)
You got some great shots. My fave is the one with his beak open!

Evelyn S. said...

Put a little purple on them and they remind me of the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl. ;-) I like seeing the Black Vultures, since we have only the Turkey Vultures here.

Randy said...

Gruesome looking fellow.

Grant Blakeney said...

Vultures get such a bad rep, they are majestic in their own right...

Stephanie said...

Wow! How cool is that? First time I have seen a vulture, believe it or not.

Jo's World said...

No favorite of mine, so I am glad I don't see them out and about. They do keep things tidied up though, don't they?

Cheers,

Jo

Leave It To Davis said...

I love it when they are in the road eating road kill and we can nearly run over them....at least scare them off with a honk. lol They look evil.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Great shots of the vultures! Gotta love 'em. They clean up a lot of smelly stuff!

~Lindy

petspeopleandlife said...

A very nice set of black buzzard, I mean vulture photos. I must say this again. YOu have one heck-of-a-place for attracting birds. Have you kept a list of the number of species that you have seen on your property?

Stewart M said...

Great shots. I'd like to see these in the wild.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Bas Domburg..... (Alias: Sikkie) said...

Very cheerfull indeed, these guys :D .
To be honoust i like the last 2 pics the most because the whole atmosphere of the image fits the image of these birds.

Very nice!

Pantherka said...

Fantastic shots.

Rosemary Aubut said...

These darn birds scare the heck out of me. You have evoked that emotion and captured them so well!

Daryl said...

truly unattractive creatures, faces only a mother vulture could love

Betty Manousos said...

i have never seen a vulture in person.
they are a little creepy...aren't they?

Merri said...

I liken vultures to warthogs.... beautiful in their own special way!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Marie said...

We aren't football fans so yesterday we only caught the last thirty minutes of the game because we were waiting for Elementary to come on. (The only football game I will watch is one involving Rutgers, because my nephew plays for them!) Anyway, we were a little confused by the Baltimore Ravens. Seemed like an interesting bird to have as a mascot, and my hubby said, "How about the Vultures...that would be a good one!" This morning I see your vultures post, which you actually posted on Super Bowl Sunday! :-) Interesting coincidence. No one would choose them as a mascot, I don't think...they are too spooky. Kind've sad, really, :-) Loved your pics!

HansHB said...

Funny bird, great serie of photos!

Maria said...

I love the vultures, and the last two shots were very moody and mysterious, good job.

Bernadine said...

You just gotta love 'em for keeping the roadkill remnants to a minimum.
On a totally separate note, I love your "new" profile picture. It could have been there for weeks and weeks but I'm just now catching up.

Jackie said...

My blog is word free. I hate the word verification too!

I actually enjoy seeing these vultures from time to time. Oddly enough I took several pictures of them myself this week in Sulpher Okalhoma at Chickasaw State park.

I love your shots but then I always do. Why? because they are always so good!


I found some old photos I took the last time we visited down in Corpus. All of the photos posted were taken with my old Kodak Instamatic.

What surprised me about the pictures is I must have spent the entire day taking pictures of birds. I never realized that even way back then I was fascinated with birds.

Enough said..time to go!

Happy day to you!!

pattisjarrett said...

Oh, yeah, they're a cheerful lookin' bunch alright. :)

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