Sunday, May 19, 2013

Turkey Vultures

These shots are from late November.




 
 
I like these guys. :)

Linking to The Bird D'Pot

119 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These guys won't win any beauty contests for their faces,but they are magnificent in flight.I rarely get to see them other than in flight.

Dianne said...

I like them too
like crows, they remind me of rock stars, these guys would be Black Sabbath

Molly The Wally said...

We agree no wins on the beauty front. LOL! Have a serene Sunday Tex.
Best wishes Molly

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

We don't usually see large birds like that around here (except for wild turkeys). I saw a turkey vulture in my neighborhood once, and thought what the heck!?! These are great shots!

Dicky Bird said...

I'm sure that their mamas or girlfriends don't think so, but they are "cute challenged"

Anni said...

I can't help but say "Two's company, three's a crowd". LOL

Excellent images of the turkey vultures. They're such a fascinating bird.

Fireblossom said...

I told them to use sunscreen on their faces, but nooOoooo.

Janey and Co. said...

Not my favorite...

DJan said...

They are big, aren't they? We saw several of them circling in the sky on our last hike. They fill an important function in the cycle of life... and death. :-)

Kate said...

Hmm! What's to love? They certainly are eye-catching!

RIZALENIO said...

Like the photos - very nice capture. :)

joeh said...

My favorite Gary Larson cartoon:

Two vultures sitting in a tree, one says to the other,

"Patience hell, I'm going to KILL something!:

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
Oh, My!!! This is the first time to see and know 'Turkey Vultures' ☆☆☆
I wonder how their characters are; the white spot under their eyes make them seem tender birds for me♡♡♡
And their eyes are casting at you(*^_^*)

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

Jan n Jer said...

one word....UGLY...but they do a good job of cleaning up road kill!

Lynne said...

Are they called turkey vultures because they kinda look like turkeys or because they "vulture" turkeys . . . just wonderin'!

McGuffy Ann said...

I love these guys, too!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Tex
Great shots of the Turkey Vultures.I have only ever seen them in Paraguay, so brought back memories for me of my trip there.
Margaret

Bruce Clark said...

These birds are so big and you captured them well. I had a cell site I worked on along the Connecticut river. These birds would perch above the site and make, well a big mess.

bj said...

You sure got great shots of them.
xo

Beth said...

I have seen the turkey vulture on occasion in fields around my old home. Those birds are huge! Great shots!

Donna said...

Great photos! Those birds have always given me the willies, LOL.

Karen S. said...

I just know that they are discussing their next plan of attack, Yikes!

Excellent spy work on your photo!

Maple Lane said...

They are huge. Great pics.

don said...

A very interesting series of these unusual birds They are certainly distinctive looking. I hope you are having a good Sunday.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Hey we got these guys back on the Tiny Ten. They were gone all winter!

Willow said...

I am so excited that you showed these photos We have a lot of turkey vultures around these parts , surprisingly enough. We we're hiking a few years and a turkey vulture flew out of a low lying rock formation crevice . Mountain man peeked inside and a big downy covered off wihite fuzzy very remarkable looking baby turkey vulture was in there! ! We were amazed to say the least ! Mounatin man couldn't resist documenting with two quick photos ...you rarely see their babies I may post the pics just for you :) Mountain man isn't a great photographer (shh our secret) but they give you a good look at a gangly downy covered Turkey vulture :)) perhaps I can link to this post when I show the pic so they can see your adult Turkey vultures photos too.

rainfield61 said...

They are guys, and luckily they are just some birds.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was an interesting point in the South, that Nature's sanitation crew were Black Vultures, a bit small than our Turkey Vultures. Also, this was the first time I ever saw a vulture of either species as a road kill themselves. I saw three of them. I guess the black variety is slower moving in getting out of the way, or just plain dumb.

Inger said...

Great pictures of these soaring birds, sitting still for you.

Gary said...

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

MarmePurl said...

I just pulled up my driveway to the sight of 4 of these guys on top of a building and fence posts. looked like there were 3 more on the ground picking away at something. I knew there was a dead rabbit back there but that seems like such a small meal for 7 such large birds.

RedPat said...

Great shots of these guys who seem to be so well adapted to their lifestyle!

S. J. Qualls said...

Mud ugly, but necessary! Love watching them fly.

Bob Bushell said...

Aren't they beautiful??????????

Leovi said...

Nice pictures, wonderful these turkey vultures!

Pom Pom said...

Funny old things! I'd like to see one of their eggs.

Nancy Claeys said...

Nature's clean up crew. :)

Lindsjö taxar said...

Turkeys visiting....wonder how many different birds have visited you?

Randy said...

A face only their momma could love.

Debbie said...

they have a very pretty feather pattern and are just gorgeous in flight!!

most peeps forget, they do have an important purpose!!

Terri said...

They sure won't win any beauty contests, but you did get some great shots of them all.

Julia said...

They look a bit creepy. I'm glad someone loves them.

Hugs,
JB

Łucja-Maria said...

They are beautiful. I have not seen them in the wild.
Regards:)
Lucia

Robin Lamb said...

T, a face only a mother could love!!
Great shots!

Raggedy Creations said...

We have these giants here in Pa. They sit on the road by something dead and you almost hit them before they fly. Dumb.

Felicia

Linda said...

They're not my favorite bird, but they do provide a valuable service.

Patty Woodland said...

I think they are pretty cool birds

Gunilla Bäck said...

Interesting looking birds. I wouldn't call them cute.

i stora drag said...

Nice shot of those remarkable birds! What a mix of turkey and vulture! I've never seen them. /Pia

Ms. A said...

Ugly, yet very interesting and so graceful in flight.

Karen said...

I actually think they are quite interesting looking. I enjoy watching them in flight.

barbara l. hale said...

I think they are cool birds, but when I see them hanging around like that I always wonder if they are just waiting for me to kick the bucket. What a meal they would have!!

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, yes, they are good lookin' guys! I drove to and from the Orlando Airport today and last week. There was plenty of road kill on the highway and quite a few birds having a yummy lunch. I've lost most of my computer time in port driving back and forth. Next month we go home to a normal-people Internet connection. ;)

Brita said...

Is Turkey Vultures is a type of turkey that you eat or is it a bird that can not be eaten. Anyway they look pretty fun out with her ​​black shawl. Nice photos / Brita

bailey-road.com said...

I like them too. I think they look beautiful in flight.

Stephen Hayes said...

I wouldn't want to see these guys circling over my head, drooling.

eileeninmd said...

I kind of like the birds. Some people may think they are ugly, but they are really cool. Great shots!

nic.b van es said...

de boom heeft er wel onder te lijden zo te zien.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We have those here in Florida, too and they are good for what they do!

~mel said...

~ the eagle wanna be's ... they are a lot of ugly ... poor buggers

Ellie said...

There definately don't look the prettiest of birds but but they do look majestic.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

strange looking birds these.


peter

Wally Jones said...

Great shots! I've been trying to find their nests this year but no luck. Seems they like to raise their young'uns as far away from humans as possible.

Imagine that! :)

Fjällripan said...

They are really cool!!

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Não conheço as aves, não sei o nome delas, sei que as fotos estão um encanto.
ag

Karen said...

Wonderful shots, they do look like turkeys too. Very unusual looking bird.

Tammy said...

The clean up crew has arrived! Turkey vultures are such interesting birds! It's amazing what an incredible sense of smell they have!

Giga said...

Te ptaki groźnie wygladają. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
These birds are scary they look. Yours sincerely.

Laura. M said...

I also like Teresa, I had not ever seen :))
A kiss.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They look majestic in flight, but not the handsomest of the bunch.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Your vultures are too ugly!! They almost have an eagle's body! Our vultures have a black head and no feathers on their neck and really ugly!!

Red said...

By now your turkey vultures are floating around in Alberta. Very few used to nest here. Now they've found attics and lofts in abandoned buildings make good nesting sites.

Hilary said...

I love watching them in flight.. turning circles, in search of their next meal. But they sure aren't the prettiest birds in the sky, are they?

Steve Gravano said...

I saw a bunch of these in Northern Peru along the Amazon River. One day my travel companion and I saw two small children along the bank of the Amazon with a Turkey Vulture not too far behind them. It looked as if it were big enough to to carry one of them away.

Jeanne said...

I wonder why vultures were made to be so uh... ugly, but the do serve a purpose.

Margie said...

Wasn't there a cartoon that had a turkey vulture in it? That just popped into my head when I saw your post. I might be mistaken. Hmmm.

Michelle said...

I saw quite a few of these today, myself!

Sally in WA said...

They aren't the handsomest fellows around, but still interesting to watch.

Carole M. said...

very interesting vultures; I can certainly see how they got their name 'turkey'

Carletta said...

Great shots of the clean-up patrol!

Stephanie said...

I have been showing my husband the many interesting birds you have in Texas. He enjoyed looking at them all.

Linda said...

I'll bet they haven't gotten any prettier over the winter.

SquirrelQueen said...

Even though they have faces only their mother could love I still like these guys. They are magnificent when they soar across the sky.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Again, great photos, and I have to admit that I have a respect and appreciation for the vultures, but it took living in the country to get it.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, So do I : )
Turkey Vultures are the clean-up Kings and are beneficial to the environment. Interesting birds. Faces only a mother could love. Ha! Have a great coming week!

Catherine said...

These birds remind me of the ones on Bugs Bunny. LOL!
xo Catherine

ellen abbott said...

Their bald red faces are so weird.

Paula said...

When we see these guys circling over we check for a dead cow. What is the difference in a buzzard and a turkey vulture? I've never heard anyone around here call them turkey vulture.

Larry Ostby said...

They have their purpose and their place. They don't need beauty to do what they do, only their given tools. I think they have a presence of dutiful beauty.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
ALL vultures I find ugly... but they are nature's garbage disposers!
Hugs,
Mariette

Rita said...

Definitely not as cute as the whistling ducks. ;)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Their heads look disproportionately small, but cute in an endearing way.

SweetMarie said...

Great photos! I love seeing them fly!
Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Barbara said...

I do, too!! I often wonder if it's because of the vultures in the "The Jungle Book" cartoon.

Leave It To Davis said...

They look bored....like they wanna' stir up some trouble somewhere.

waldlaeufer68 said...

all very peacefully together on the tree .. a very nice picture .. here there is not unfortunately these vultures in the wild nature ..
regards Frank

Daniel LaFrance said...

They are superb soaring machines! Not to mention a cast iron digestive system.

Wonderful shots T!

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful pictures :)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Holy cow! What a gorgeous field!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I meant to type that on your wildflowers post! :)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

BUZZARDS!

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

They are certainly interesting to look at - and they sure are big. A necessary part of the food chain.

Linda R said...

I like these dudes as well..

Hugs~

bon bon said...

ominous looking fellows.
:)

edenhills said...

They are homely, but any bird that big is impressive.

Lindy said...

I love turkey vultures. These are wonderful captures!

~Lindy
(visiting from my AZ blog today)

Sandra said...

we have these guys to and they need to get busy cleaning up the streets

Pat Tillett said...

I like them too! They might not have the most attractive head, but the rest of them is awesome. When they fly, they are amazing...

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Awesome shots! Their heads are so unique and different!

pattisjarrett said...

I'd better get up from my chair and move around, I think a couple of them were eyeing me.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Gotta have 'em!

Terry and Linda said...

And then they get upset.....and you know the rest of the story!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Susan said...

They really are awesome aren't they.

Ron said...

They look like they're waiting for their next meal!

Brian King said...

That is certainly the perfect tree for them! I think vultures are cool despite their less than glitzy appearance.

Shey said...

They are always fascinating to watch.

Shey said...

Nice shots!

Rose said...

They remind me of an old cartoon character that was on Popeye, I think.

Chris Rohrer said...

Ominous signs? Nah! Just cool birds!

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