Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Turkey Vulture





Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

143 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Great shots of this amazing vulture. Is it called so because it resembles a Turkey?

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

'you l@@king at me'?
the largest flying feathered species!
maybe we could train them to deliver our packages instead of the man made drones that could easily be used for ill intended uses

Revrunner said...

These birds ALWAYS give met he shivers.

Primitive Stars said...

Fantastic pictures of one ugly bird, Francine.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Quite a graceful-looking feller :)

Tanya Breese said...

for some reason i like them!

Buttons said...

Morning Tex great shots such a beautiful misunderstood bird:) Hug B

georgettesullins said...

There's something about them that makes you stop and really look.

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Turkey vulture? I haven't seen such bird.
I love your photos of the wildlife and its environment.

Thank you for dropping by the other week.

Blessings,

Aida

magnoliasntea said...

Gotta love the clean-up crew. :)

eViL pOp TaRt said...

An impressive bird!

messymimi said...

We have those around here, too. They are not so pretty from the front, but amazing to watch. They are among nature's vacuum cleaners, a very useful bird.

Nancy Claeys said...

Second turkey vulture I've seen on my blogging rounds this a.m. -- great shots T!

A Quiet Corner said...

Great pic of him peeking back at you!...:)JP

Molly The Wally said...

He is magnificent. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Janey and Co. said...

Scary!

Pom Pom said...

I don't think I've ever had a good look at a turkey vulture. Thank you!

Dicky Bird said...

Impressive bird - even if he isn't the prettiest.

Dicky Bird said...

Impressive bird - even if he isn't the prettiest.

Jeanne said...

Really like your shots, and turkey vulture sounds so much better than buzzard. Glad you reminded me of the name. They really are pretty amazing birds, but not too cute.

Nancy's Notes said...

Wow, now that is one serious turkey! Geaat shots, Tex!

Nancy's Notes said...

Wow, now that is one serious turkey! Geaat shots, Tex!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the close up...the eye...if following me!!!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

They are not pretty, but they are the best at what they do.

Sandra said...

the last one is perfect, his face is even pretty and he appears to be posing for you... i did not realize they screech until yesterday, we were sitting in the sun by the pool and they were circling about a block south of us and screaming.. first i knew they did that.

Willow said...

Poor misunderstood vultures ~ really what is so scary about them . The are marvelous at cleaning up the deceased Bwahahahaa Okay perhaps a little scary if you put it that way lol

MarkD60 said...

Mmmmm Turkey! ;-)

Lynn said...

These a super shots, I am fond of Vultures, & wish they could change their name vulture- buzzard...to something nicer!

Giga said...

Zauważyłaś ciekawego ptaka i on też na Ciebie patrzył. Pozdrawiam.
Have you noticed an interesting bird and he also looked for you. Yours.

Julia said...

Good shots of your visitor... The turkey vulture look much better from the back until they turn their strange little heads. They have their purpose but I'm glad they don't live around my place. We get enough droppings from the pigeons.

They may be the clean up crew but they also leave a mess behind.

Hugs,
JB

Nancy said...

These are great shots...He has beautiful feathers but that head...only a mother could love....

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Aren't they amazing??!!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Rose said...

I bet his mama thinks he is handsome!

cobie en bas van Es said...

zo die heeft gehoord dat het bij je goed toeven is.

Montanagirl said...

Hi Theresa. Nice shots you took of the Vulture. They should be arriving here by late next month. We have a bunch of them that hang right around town, and perch right in the middle of town at night on a big old dead Cottowood tree. (Maybe I've mentioned that before). They're kind of eerie, but I enjoy seeing them.

Cranberry Morning said...

Such interesting birds! And they're huge! With a face that only a mother turkey vulture could love. :-)

Kerri Farley said...

Wonderful close up! I LOVE These birds!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

They are so important in keeping the roads clean in our area. Always on the job.

Michelle said...

The do some valuable work for nature!

Bob Bushell said...

Nice one the TV, lol.

Blackberry Lane said...

I've never seen the face so clearly on one of these vultures.

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of Turkey Vulture.
Very well photographed.

Karen said...

Other than the head seeming exceptionally small for the body, he's really quite handsome.

Jeevan said...

Amazing capture! Great looking bird

Sylvia K said...

Yep, definitely needs a bigger head!!

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm sure hos momma thinks he's very handsome.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Vultures are such strange looking birds.

DIMI said...

Great captures Tex!!He is a little ugly,is,nt he?But cute!!!
Dimi...

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde!
magnificas fotos do abutres, uma ave com estatura enorme e importante no equilíbrio do planeta.
Abraço
ag

Karen S. said...

Don't mind me, I have much work to be done here. But if you must, you may take my picture, no worries.

karmnik54 said...

Bardzo fajny:)

don said...

These turkey vultures are very interesting looking and not very attractive. He looks great in the barren limbs and trees.

Farm Girl said...

How thrilling to get those shots. He is magnificent.

Melissa said...

He looks very proud, showing off his beautiful plumage!

Dianne said...

they're both beautiful and a bit creepy at the same time
great shots

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Love that look over the shoulder. Vultures so seldom get a chance to act coquettish!

Marissa said...

What a great shot.
We have tons of those across the street in the world birding center you could see them flying every evening.

Stephen Hayes said...

A fascinating bird, but I hope he stays away from our cute Whistlers.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Nature's sanitary workers. Love these birds.

Fjällripan said...

Really great photos of this special bird! How cool to see in real :))

DeniseinVA said...

I love how you have caught the light on his feathers. Great photos!

Marit Sønstebø said...

What a strange bird! Beautiful shots :-)

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Nice shots! They're kind of spooky looking birds - maybe it's just the vulture in them...

Mama Zen said...

How neat!

Crafty Green Poet said...

impressive photos!

Fireblossom said...

Her face is not her fortune, I'm sorry to say!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

We see lots of these here, although not so much in winter. I remember one time when someone called in to the local radio station and reported seeing a huge black bird with an ugly red head. Apparently, she lived in town where they're not normally seen. She thought it was something demonic. :)

Love how clearly you were able to get that close-up. Very nice.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Great shots! I love to see them soaring in circles. We have them here, especially during hunting season. xo

Gail Dixon said...

Wow, you really got some great shots of his feathers. I like these birds. They are nature's clean-up crew and do a good job.

Indrani said...

Wow! Indeed a great subject to be photographed. Well taken.

Country Gal said...

Yup we have them here to ! Nice photos !

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Stunning photos of this vulture.
Why is it called a Turkey vulture. Does it only eat turkey carrion.!!
Amazing birds there where you are.
val

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Debbie said...

i think they are fabulous...peeps don't understand their value.

and it flight, they are just so graceful!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Great photos! He's a handsome dude except for the head. Not so cute.

Helma said...

Jaaaaa ................. it works. I could translate everything in Dutch :-))))

S. J. Qualls said...

I get a feeling of foreboding when I see them in the trees - usually looking at me looking at them. (shiver)

Leovi said...

Yes , nice photos ! Beautiful Turkey Vulture ! Greetings !

Patty Woodland said...

I kind of think they are rather cool birds

mick said...

Great photos of the Turkey Vulture - you have so many different birds around your place.

Inger said...

That bird looks very intelligent in the last photo. Great pictures as usual.

sharon said...

For a bird that can be ugly sometimes he sure is pretty.

Pantherka said...

Much beautiful images. Great.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I know they are necessary and respect the job they do but they are also majestically ugly. Even so, your photos made him look (almost) handsome and certainly captured his regal unconcern about my opinion.

Mersad said...

Very stern and serious looks on their faces.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I just remember the old cartoon... Two buzzards sitting on a fence... "Patience, hell, I'm gonna kill something." LOL! blessings ~ tanna

Łucja-Maria said...

Very beautiful bird!
Greetings.

Lady Lilith said...

What a great shot. The bird looks like it is posing for you.

Cheyenne said...

What fantastic shots! It is sort of a menacing looking bird, no?

Jeanne said...

Did you ever see Jim Henson's movie "The Dark Crystal"?
Hi looks like the Skesies in that movie.

RedPat said...

Not the most attractive bird sitting there but they sure are impressive in the air!

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

oh they are so awesome close up shots.

Ya!!

eileeninmd said...

I think the vultures are cool! Great shots, Tex! The last one is my favorite.

Sally said...

LOL! Reading the comments!

Great shots, as always. :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Poor things have a face only a mother could love. Haha! Nice shots, T!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

BTW, I did get a post done to go with the title. I hit a wrong key (or the kitty did) before I was through typing the title!

Maggid said...

I saw one of these a few weeks back - and, thanks to you, i knew what it was.

cool

Laura. M said...

Teresa great!!!
Good night;)

Stephanie said...

Cool looking bird!

Red said...

Turkey vultures are here in the breeding season so they are very secretive. we very seldom see them.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa;
Oh, really brave looking buzzard (got the way to call them with pc, haha) And casting the "what are you doing?" eyes to you!

I was hoping someday I will be the 100th for commenting; I missed the chance today(^^;)

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

Tombstone Livestock said...

better looking than the ones I have seen here in CA

Stuart Price said...

Well it does look turkeylike........wouldn't want to roast and eat it though.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

hopped over from the bird link up "Wild Bird Wednesday" ( :

thanks for suggesting it. gorgeous vulture. i love them. they really are cool.

Judy said...

Not a fan of these but you do make them look pretty.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What good photos! We have lots of these here in Florida but they are good to have around. Hugs!

Brian King said...

Ahh, one of my favorites! That's an awesome perch for a vulture, too!

Paula said...

When they circle, we check the ground.

Raggedy Creations said...

He looks lonely.

Deb said...

good shots Tex....gotta love those Turkey buzzards....good clean up crews...

Susan said...

These are awesome!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

He's a handsome guy--in a unique way. I love to see them fly.

Randy said...

Waiting for lunch.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Lovely photo from a less lovely looking bird... But they are quite functional in nature!
Hugs,
Mariette

Paul said...

If I were a Turkey Vulture I'd get myself a Zorro Mask or something...

Nice group of pictures!

Lynne said...

I do think I see a Vulture but aren't those feathers gorgeous!

Carletta said...

Wonderful captures my friend!

wayside wanderer said...

Look at that guy! Great shots.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I spy with my beady eye he says in the last photo.

Evelyn S. said...

Do they stay around your area all year? Or do they migrate to cooler areas....such as Oregon?? I haven't seen any here yet, but I don't think we see them when the temperature is below freezing as it is now.

Weekend-Windup said...

The branch in which the bird is sitting also looks like a worm stuck. Bird is also watching it in the second photo...

SquirrelQueen said...

I think he was trying to give you his best side in your last shot. I love to watch them soar across the sky.

Busy Little Chicken said...

Aww, he is handsome in his own way!! Great shots, especially the last one!! :)

Midmarsh John said...

You have such an interesting variety of birds visiting.

Andy said...

The poor guy as only a face that a mother cold love.

Stewart M said...

Nice bird - although I suppose the lack of feathers on its head are due to its lack of manners at the dinner table!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Eva Ason said...

Beautiful shots of the Vulture! Such detail

Dave said...

Nice series of a great bird, even if it isn't the most beautifully good looking creature. Having said that of course we don't get such magnificent species as vultures here in the UK, so more than a little jealous of your photo opportunities.

michaelswoodcraft said...

Nice pictures Tex, I like the vultures. We get the turkey vultures and the American black Vultures around here all the time.

Small City Scenes said...

Super shots! We see them here sitting in the fields right after haying. MB

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Great photo, you always capture all the birds perfectly! Is he called a turkey vulture because of his face or does he go after turkeys?

Terry and Linda said...

Such a necessary bird, but not a pretty one.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
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Gunilla Bäck said...

A pretty bird - if you don't look at the head.

Robin Lamb said...

T, a face only a mother could love!!

thirtysevenandcounting said...

That last image, in particular, is wonderful!

~Lindy

Janice Adcock said...

Their gliding ability is awesome. Good shot.

Jen said...

Those ever-present vultures. I am glad they're around, but they are creepy.

Betty Manousos said...

impressive bird-scary though.

Hilary said...

Not the prettiest of the bird world but they sure do an important job. Good captures, T.

Pat Tillett said...

Even with a featherless head, these are beautiful birds. Especially while flying.

Helma said...

Beautiful pictures of the turkey!

Lynda said...

Birds of prey are fascinating animals. This one is almost pretty - - - - definitely more so than a regular vulture. However, I think most of our connotation with "ugly" vultures comes in the way they are portrayed in movies or comics.

catskillblogger said...

Great shots

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