Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Black Vultures

Perched near the pond.





Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

132 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I personally think they're pretty cool looking.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Wow. You get the greatest photos!!!! Well done.

Sandra said...

good garbage guys from the sky.. great shots. look at those FEET

Lynne said...

Snickers loves to sit outdoors in the sun . . . "momma" won't be letting her out when the vultures are around!

John's Island said...

Those are big birds ... and look at those talons! Nice pics Tex!

DJan said...

Yikes, those talons are a bit scary looking. They are not pretty birds in my opinion, but very efficient looking. :-)

Pix Under the Oaks said...

I guess everyBODY likes a water view!

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like he keeps a good eye out--except when grooming.

CatTales said...

You were able to get some good photos!

Dicky Bird said...

Cool pictures - repost around Halloween - looks spooky

Tanya Breese said...

i know a lot of people don't like them but i think they are pretty neat!

Molly TheWally said...

OMD those talons are impressive. Nice capture. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Georgette Sullins said...

We have seen lots of vultures lately of every variety. Some with grey around their beak and some with red. Rick has captured a Mexican Caracara twice.

Kate said...

Not the handsomest bird I've seen, but certainly it is one of the most memorable.

Linda Kay said...

We see these when there is a deer or some other animal lying along the side of the road in the ditch, in a flock of ugly birds.

ellen abbott said...

they are such ugly birds. well, their heads anyway. those sleek black feather and hood, like the image of the grim reaper. all the need is a scythe.

Lukasz W said...

Amazing birds and great photos!

messymimi said...

They are fascinating to watch, although i don't envy them their role in nature.

Karen S. said...

Yes, they do have a certain charm to their little head in my eyes too.

Margaret Adamson said...

great shots however I don't think he is going to win the beauty compotation!

Mary Hone said...

Crazy looking birds. The ones we have around the west have red heads though.

Primitive Stars said...

Looks like pictures from a scary movie those Vultures, great pictures.Francine.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

It's almost like they are wearing a mask.

Paula said...

Like seeing a close-up of these guys.

Sylvia K said...

Great shots! I don't think I'd want to see him at night -- of course, as black as he is I probably couldn't see him anyway!!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Impressive crew!
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LV said...

He stands tall and stately letting others know he is in charge.

don said...

They are such ugly looking birds. They must have some redeemable quality, but I'm unacquainted of what it might be. :-)

William Kendall said...

"Hello there. Do you have any corpses you need disposed of? Vulture Scavenging Services are there for you twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. We're very discreet and ask no questions."

Montanagirl said...

Neat photos of the Vultures! We get the Turkey Vultures here. There's a flock of them that perch in the top of a dead Cottonwood about a block from our house - every night. Kinda eery.

Irma said...

Wow these are beautiful pictures of the black vulture.
Well done !!!

Birdman said...

What a head! They should probably borrow my paperbag to cover it. Works for me.

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely bubbley Black Vultures.

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

Awesome looking birds!

Nancy Chan said...

These birds are like of scary to me....

The Queen Jester said...

They are pretty cool. How nice to have internet access where I don't have to wait forever to let the photos load! We get to enjoy this for a week.

Mama Zen said...

Awesome shots!

Debbie said...

Beautiful shots of this necessary bird. Those talons are huge!!

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

I really like this Black Vultures, very nice, excellent!

Kovács Miklós said...

You had very special visitors again! Thanks for sharing these photos because I've never seen such birds earlier in our ZOO either.

Julia said...

Every time I see pictures of vultures I'm reminded of those two vultures in the Jungle Book movie. lol..

Hugs,
JB

joeh said...

Nice shots.

I wonder how many people are going to find this post looking for racist material.

You'd be surprised by how many perverts are interested in cranky old men!

Marit Sønstebø said...

Very cool bird! :)

Tamago said...

Such great pictures! We sometimes see turkey vultures around here. Usually only one. Love the last photo of them in synchronized posture :-)

Adam Jones said...

Wow!! I could never imagine seeing one of these birds in the wild. Incredible birds.

Modesto Viegas said...

Well done !!!

Jo said...

Oh what a regal looking bird!

Farm Girl said...

I always enjoy seeing pictures of vultures. These are magnificent!

Frank said...

We don't have anything like them over here. Cool visitors to the ranch.

Karen said...

Great looking birds Tex!

Stephanie said...

Great shots of the Vultures!

thepoodleanddogblog said...

They are very imposing. I would want to keep moving if they were in my yard.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Great pictures of ugly birds :)
Not a bit of a squirrel in them ;)
Have a fine day
【ツ】Knipsa

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

Like the ones in Jungle Book? Or were they crows? Anyway, most vultures I've seen are unpleasant looking creatures; these look relatively handsome!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Great shots !

DIMI said...

So impressive birds!
Great captures Tex!
Dimi...

Nette Cecilia said...

Oh no ,those feets i dont want them to be on mee ,nice shots ,Nette

Evelyn S. said...

I would love to see one in person! You have some great images that show good detail.

Debby Ray said...

Wow...these are some stunning shots of that not-so-beautiful bird! :)

Chandra Eswaran said...

Gorgeous birds! These come to your backyard? Holy spokes!

Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Andrea Priebe said...

They look like a handsome, well kept group and it is good to have them around because they eat carrion and prevent the spead of disease. Awesome shots, Theresa ...

Andrea @ FromThe Sol

SweetMarie said...

they are spooky! lol

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Keep movin' girl! We have those here -- in the Everglades there are signs saying they eat rubber (like the edging around car windows and tires...). You'd think in the swamps there'd be plenty of their usual diet....

Ruth Hiebert said...

I guess the Black Vultures are no big deal where you live,but last spring when we saw one fly over the Pembina Valley it was reason for tons of excitement.

Felicia said...

they are rather interesting birds.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Amazing photos.

Gingi Freeman said...

You have vultures where you live?!??!!? That is SO REDUNKULOUSLY COOL!!! sSeriously.. I'm kind of jealous! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Tammie Lee said...

such great portraits of the vultures! i so enjoyed seeing them, such interesting looking birds.

Findlay Wilde said...

You get such great birds on the ranch.

AGM PRISMA said...

Interesting birds, look good for a scary movie, jjj
a greeting

bas van Es said...

je hebt ze prachtig in het vizier

edenhills said...

They are impressive birds.

Terry and Linda said...

A big thankyou for those cleaner uppers of the land!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
https://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/sherlock-boomer

Ms. A said...

Glad they don't go for live prey, or I'd be worried about all your other wildlife!

Pantherka said...

Very nice photos.

Adam Tilt said...

Now that's what you call a garden bird. Puts our raptors to shame.

RedPat said...

Strange looking creatures!

Marie said...

Resting before looking for more food, I would imagine!

Gosia k said...

they look like strange birds.. we don't heve them in Poland

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Man, did I get messed up on days here. I was expecting Whistlers. Geez.

But, the vultures are super too. Especially the close up =3rd one

Great photos.

Fjällripan said...

WOW really great photos of the spooky vultures!!

A Quiet Corner said...

WOW! Your vultures are cute...ours are ugly!!...:)JP

Chris Rohrer said...

Yes! Epic! I wonder if this is one of their stopovers on their migration route. Nice!

Cloudia said...

imposing guys





ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

mick said...

Great photos of interesting looking birds. I wonder what they were hanging around for?

Giga said...

Certainly waiting for their prey. Regards.

Lynn said...

Would still make me feel a little... uneasy:@)

Our photos said...

Wow, they are large ! Wonderful shots !

bailey-road.com said...

Awesome birds...sitting and waiting.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Great vulture pictures!

Brian King said...

Wow! Fantastic! Love these guys in their black tuxes!

Larry Ostby said...

I love these guys. Every time an opportunity presents itself that includes vultures I always try to take my best advantage it. Your vultures are good posers. Very nice pics. Thanks T.

Linda said...

I love the close-ups!

Lois said...

Nice shots! I like seeing them close up like that.

Stephen Hayes said...

I'm often afraid that if I fall asleep outside I'll wake and find vultures circling overhead.

Revrunner said...

Not a type we have around here.

bj said...

don't like 'em...they are ugly and nasty and yet, your photos are ALMOST making them look decent.:)
Somehow I knew you might llike Mexican food..all we needed was one of your Margaritas...:)

Justin Carfagnini said...

Great photos as usual. They're pretty cool and ugly looking at the same time.

Red said...

That's quite an impressive bird.

Small Kucing said...

In the 3rd pic, itlook like they are wearing a winter suit.white fur around the face. I thought vultures are babald. Thanks for the close up pic

Margie said...

Holy tamoly! They really aren't the most handsome species are they? But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Randy said...

The mobsters of the animal world. RUN BUBBA!

Barbara said...

It's good to see water in your pond. These are great shots of the vultures. I think they're pretty cool!

Carola Bartz said...

I like vultures. We have turkey vultures here and I love their graceful flight, the gliding in the wind. Best of all, I love when they perch with their wings spread wide to soak up the sun.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
You got some excellent shots of these black vultures! There must have been a dead bird or whatever...
Hugs,
Mariette

Paul said...

Those are quite the birds, great pictures!

Rita said...

They're actually kind of handsome...from a distance--LOL! ;)

Carletta said...

They are definitely more handsome than the red faced ones we have.
You got some great close ups!

Siddhartha Joshi said...

Very interesting! I have never seen one in life...

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I love vultures. They are so misunderstood.

Halcyon said...

Creepy but cool!

NC Sue said...

Not my favorite birds, but they serve a very useful function, and you've certainly gotten some great shots.
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diane b said...

Wow what an impressive bird. Looks like he has a big black overcoat on.

Janey and Co. said...

Scary!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Great photos you captured. Dark and gloomy looking birds but wonderful shots.
Hugs, CM

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

YIKES! Crazy looking birds! I would be too scared to get really close to them.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Agreed.. very cool birds. And to me, beautiful!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They scare me!

Mike said...

I've only seen Black Vultures once - many years ago. Such a cool bird. Great shots!

Mari said...

Whoo so that is how they look like closer? Such a halloween figure :) I honestly haven't seen one in flesh.

Gert said...

Oh those vulthuers are ugly.... Lol

Cindy Rasley said...

Great pics! Love those birds! So powerful looking! Daunting !

Pat Tillett said...

I've never seen a black one before. Kind of morbid looking, right?
Really nice photos...

Phil Slade said...

Cool looking birds and I'm guessing there are lots of other birds around those pools too?

Stewart M said...

Great shots - love the way that they have no feathers around there heads to cut down on the gore factor!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Made by KKann said...

Oj - flott kar.

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa; Very cool looking black vultures, aren't they☆☆☆ Birds I can find in my neighborhood are so limited(^^;) 

Thanksso much, getting better, my friend. Wished to return the kind visits for me but no energy now :-) Night Night from Japan.

Love, Miyako*

Laura. M said...

Great pictures !!

Susan (ABON) said...

Great shots of the vulture, Tex. I wish they could move a little faster from the middle of the highway- there's been countless times I've nearly hit one.

NatureFootstep said...

great shots of the vulture

Helma said...

Wow .... amazing that this so pretty close to photograph!

Rose said...

I'd love to see one of these up close like this. I think we have seen them in flight...but way too far away to see anything.

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