Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sun Buddies

Two Turkey Vultures join up pond side behind a flock of Whistling Ducks so they can all enjoy some winter sun.



 Linking to The Bird D'Pot

134 comments:

Revrunner said...

Kind of creepy if you're a Whistler.

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, Interesting pics. I do wonder what the Whistlers are thinking ... if they "think" :-)

DeniseinVA said...

I love how they spread their wings out like they do. Great photos!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

They look so HUGE next to the Whistlers!! I love how you caught them with their big ole wings spread soaking up the warmth! blessings ~ tanna

Gosia k said...

great collection in winter sun

Sandra said...

the buzzards look like they are saying aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh love me some sunshine on my wings.

EG CameraGirl said...

The buzzards do look very relaxed there!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Wow! They looks so big, and the whistlers looks so small...

eViL pOp TaRt said...

They have such impressive wing spans. They need facials, though. Great pictures of a close encounter of two species. I wonder what the whistlers are thinking.

Dianna said...

Always amazing to see those huge birds mantling!

Beate said...

I saw turkey vultures for the first time in my life when I visited Keith in KY. Amazing, huge birds! :)
Love your pics. Great shots!

Ela said...

That's nice to see these lovely creatures !
Have a happy Sunday :)

laura.forestdreams:) said...

wow!! look at all those whistlers!!
nice shots...of the peaceful, relaxed gathering!
too bad we humans can't get along like that! :)
happy sunday!!

messymimi said...

They are all equal when they are cold and trying to warm up! Turkey vultures are fascinating, i've always liked most of nature's "vacuum cleaners."

bas said...

Wel leuk een paar passerende badgasten.

Monika + Bente said...

Very nice collection in winter sun !

Greetings from germany - Monika

Birdman said...

Any mention of buzzards always brings back images in my mind from Steinbeck's The Red Pony. I like the movie too.

Jo said...

Beautiful! Our cormorants spread their wings like that to dry out in the sun. Your whistlers are reflected to truly in the water, you could join Weekend Reflections with this image.

eileeninmd said...

It is neat seeing the vultures with the wings spread wide open, they are enjoying the sun! Love the Whistling ducks too.. Happy Sunday!

Karen Schurr said...

The captions running through my mind are endless :) Fun capture.

DJan said...

Must feel nice to have the sun on those dark wings. They look like they're showing off. :-)

Brian King said...

At least the vultures are smart enough to open their wings! :-)

ashok said...

nice pose by the vutures!

nookworm said...

It must really feel good to them. I've seen cormorants drying their wings in the sunshine as well.

Molly TheWally said...

Quite magnificent with their wings spread out. Have a serene and easy Sunday
Best wishes Molly

John Wooldridge said...

Impressive looking birds Tex.

John Wooldridge said...

Impressive looking birds Tex.

Jeevan said...

Amazing with their wings stretched!

don said...

I'm glad the vultures spread their wings so we could grasp how large these birds are. Apparently they like the sunny condition. The ducks know they are no threat to them.

Cranberry Morning said...

I love seeing birds when they spread out their wings like that. The Whistlers seem indifferent to them.

edenhills said...

That is quite the impressive wing span!

Gert said...

Wow! What great shots! Love the wing span of those birds..landing right over the whistlers!

Hilary said...

You've made (what I think is) a really ugly bird look beautiful. I've only ever seen Cormorants do that wing spread .. and that was to dry them after a diving/fishing expedition.

Halcyon said...

They look very relaxed with their wings spread out like that!

Irma said...

Beautiful pictures of vultures with wings spread.
They enjoy the sun, and also the Whistlers, I love.

DIMI said...

Wow! They looks so big, and the Whistlers looks so small,Tex!Great captures!
Dimi...

Karen S. said...

I wonder if they're thinking let's find another resting spot...before those big vultures... yikes!

Chandra said...

Creepy for Whistlers or not, they are majestic and beautiful.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

LV said...

They vultures are showing off and strutting their stuff in front of the ducks.

Andrew Fulton said...

Impressive birds...

Leovi Leovi said...

Pretty vulture with outstretched wings!

joeh said...

The good and the ugly...your missing the bad.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful whistlers and the vultures, love it.

Mary said...

They are BIG! :). Love the photos. The birds and the sunshine. There's something special about the light of winter sun!

Mari said...

Oh they're sunbathing or maybe drying their wings :) Looks like they're really enjoying it.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

They're like, the COMPLETE opposite of each other!

Debbie said...

the whistlers don't seem troubled by their presence!!! their wingspan is incredible and they are beautiful in flight!!!!!

Barb Brookbank said...

Vultures are so cool! We saw some while we were out and about yesterday (in AZ). We were in a parking lot right in the middle of Phoenix ... go figure!!

Georgette Sullins said...

Saw some donkeys yesterday doing exactly that, lying down with legs folded under them content to stay in their puddle of sun. It was a picture of contentment like these birds together taking in the warm sun. Great post.

Giga said...

Vultures are huge compared to the ducks. Regards.

William Kendall said...

Their wing span is amazing!

Fireblossom said...

They give me the creeps!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Great captures of the turkey vultures !

It's me said...

Have a Nice sunday...love Ria....x!

Inger said...

Your bird spa is becoming popular across all species of birds.

Country Gal said...

So that's were our Turkey vultures go to when it is winter here lol ! Lots of goings on there by the pond looks like a pond party happening lol ! Have a good day !

Sylvia K said...

A great "bird Sunday" on the pond!! Love it!

Julia said...

They like to show off their wind span. You have a nice bird haven on the pond.
Have a great Sunday.
Hugs,
JB

A Quiet Corner said...

Great sunbathing techniques!!!...:)JP

Red said...

Cool to get a look at turkey vultures up close and personal.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

"We're not quite dead yet!"

- Whistlers
~

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I saw some big birds doing that near the pond by my dads place. Are they sunning themselves or drying their wings out?

Gail said...

I enjoy seeing them warm their bones. I read that when they stretch their wings like that the bones have not expanded enough for flight.

Great shots.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Love the spread-out wings of the vultures and admire that they all (with the exception, I suppose, of the odd squabble) get along together. Lovely shots, Theresa!

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Today I dit it just like them - I enjoyed the SUN! :))
Have a fine sunday
【ツ】Knipsa

Marissa said...

Ooo that's an amazing picture of wing span...

bon bon said...

So neat!

Felicia said...

the ducks don't seem to mind sharing.

José Ramón said...

Cute images Creativity and Imagination Greetings from José Ramón photos

Stephanie said...

Large wingspan they have.

Janice Grinyer said...

Without vultures, the world would be a very creepy place...seriously, these guys can clean up a "scene" faster then anything else...

Crafty Green Poet said...

the whistlers seem oblivious of the vultures!

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Those turkey vultures are something.

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Belos pássaros...Espectacular....
Cumprimentos

Ms. A said...


Getting a little sun in those sunless areas!

Ruth Hiebert said...

I love those impressive wings of the Turkey Vulture.

Michelle said...

Spreading those wings to soak up some sun!

Terry and Linda said...

I guess no one was afraid of the vultures!

Linda ❤⊱彡
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Mary Kirkland said...

You caught them at such a great time. Just sitting there spreading their wings.

RedPat said...

Spread those wings and catch some sun! ;-)

Lynn said...

I'd be nervous if I was a duck:@)

NatureFootstep said...

hm, do teh vultures spread their wings like that? I thought it was some cormorant :)

barbara l. hale said...

Havin' fun with the vultures! The whistlers don't seem to mind sharing. Is that normal behavior for the turkey vultures? I had to admit, I haven't seen a lot of them on the ground. Reminds me of a cormorant.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I always love seeing more than one bird species in the same place like that. I've noticed around here that other birds don't seem to mind sharing space with the vultures.

Stephen Hayes said...

How interesting that they use their wings as solar panels.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Until you understand what they are doing, they turkey vultures look really creepy.

Robin Lamb said...

T, ah, so nice to get some sun on the old wings!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Soaking up the sun looks like a great idea. xo Laura

Bethany Carson said...

Wow, it looks like they are really soaking it in with every feather! It must feel good!

Pamela Gordon said...

So neat to see the vultures with their wings out like that. I've never seen them on the ground, only flying.

Mike said...

What an odd mix. Turkey vultures and Whistling Ducks! Great shots. I would like some sun, too!


Iowa Voice

Rose said...

Looks like one vulture says to the other vulture, 'My feathers are prettier than your feathers!

Nancy Chan said...

Turkey vultures enjoying sun tan. Aren't the whistlers afraid of the vultures?

Primitive Stars said...

One never knows who is visiting the pond. That is very impressive, two Turkey Vultures.Francine.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I had no idea that the Whisters and Vultures traveled in the same circle! :-)

Country Wife said...

they have really long wings, great pics

Cloudia said...

so John Crow (Jamaican name) visited, eh?




ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

maryaustria said...

They are great! Love how they spread out their wings ...

Paula said...

If I had wings they would have been spread out today too.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Sun Bathing must be important this cold season:-) Sure I thought they are buddies (whistles not scared off) Turkey Vultures opened wings must be gorgeous scene♬♬♬

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

sweetdaysundertheoaks.com said...

Oh boy, they are enjoying that sun! I can easily imagine how good that feels to them. It was a cold, drizzly, windy day in Missouri. Miss the sun!

KB Bear said...

I'm surprised that the Whistlers are not afraid of those huge turkey vultures. The sun must have been so warm and wonderful!

Randy said...

I think the ducks could take them.

Anita said...

I like how the ducks and turkey vultures blend into the winter colors of browns, grays and tans.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
That is quite unusual I guess; they just enjoy the sun rays it looks like!
Hugs,
Mariette

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Wow, I can't believe how small the Whistlers look in comparison! The wing spans of the vultures are awesome!

Farm Girl said...

Oh I love that you got them storing up solar energy. I love those pictures. It looks just awesome.

Melissa said...

I just saw cormorants sunning today, but I've never seen turkey vultures like that!

James said...

Turkey vultures are all over the place around here but I don't remember seeing any in Texas. Seeing them next to the ducks really shows how big they are.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The turkey vultures are really sunning their wings!

Stewart M said...

Great pictures - but that behaviour is not sun-smart!

It must be wonderful to have such large birds so close at hand!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

PS: work has settled down, school and summer holidays just about over, normal service will now be resumed!

Paul said...

These guys sure do like their sunshine!

It's difficult to appreciate just how big these fellows are until you see them with something of a known size like your Whistlers.

Fjällripan said...

Great photos! The vultures looks like cormorants with the wings spread out.

Rita said...

The whistlers seemed to know the vultures were more cold than hungry. ;)

Small City Scenes said...

They must have been sweating a lot cuz they are drying out their armpits. MB

SweetMarie said...

I'm surprised that they are that close to one another. :) what a wing span!

Ratty said...

I love when turkey vultures sit with their wings spread like that. I always wondered if other birds were afraid of them. I guess not.

Small Kucing said...

Have not seen one so close. Impressive when they spread their wings

Made by KKann said...

Great shots.

Marie said...

Love seeing the vultures with their wings spread out!

Lynne said...

Look at that wing spread . . . WOW!

Linda R said...

They do look like they are enjoying the sun..

Happy Monday my friend.

Hugs~

bailey-road.com said...

I love seeing those vultures with wings spread.

Justin Carfagnini said...

I'd be out there catching some sun right along with them!

Gail Dixon said...

An interesting mix! I don't blame them a bit. I love soaking up the sun. Great pics!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

You sure got some great shots. Love seeing the chicken hawks spreading their wings for the sunshine.
Happy Monday!

Liz said...

How very interesting! Look at that wingspan.

Indrani said...

Vultures can be scary, but they seem to be peaceful.

Terri B said...

I missed wed whistlers, so I am glad to see these..so cute. They don't appear to be too impressed with the vulture show..LOL! Can you believe it is 75 degrees today? Crazy!

Chris Rohrer said...

Now that's a painting you should attempt! That's very cool! There's something about the Vultures with their wings open above the ducks that says...painting.:)

Rory Bore said...

I think I'd be a little nervous if I was one of those little ducks!
how big are those vultures?

Rory Bore said...

I think I'd be a little nervous if I was one of those little ducks!
how big are those vultures?

pattisjarrett said...

Great capture of the two vultures soaking up the sun together. What Whistling Ducks? ;) The vultures stole the show.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

How interesting! I'm really surprised that the Whistlers aren't bothered by the vultures being there. (Shows what I don't know! LOL!)

Lindy

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