Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Turkey Vultures

Drying their wings after a rain.
 An impressive wingspan.
Preening to stay pretty.  
   

 I love when they 'totem pole' like this.
Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday

134 comments:

Christian Perrin said...

Wow, what stunning birds! I would love to see them in the wild, especially if posed so magnificently! Thanks for sharing :)

Michelle said...

Yes, their wingspan is pretty massive. Such interesting birds.

Kovács Miklós said...

Unbelievable for me! What a huge bird and wings! Nice shots

magnoliasntea said...

Great shots of the vulture. We see them flying all the time but not often close enough for my puny camera to get a good pic.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wonderful!!!

Ironic, tho, I shared a photo of a turkey vulture today also.

Gayle said...

Such a beautiful bird to have such a bad reputation.

Primitive Stars said...

Fantastic Vulture picture, one ugly looking bird though.Blessings Francine.

John's Island said...

Hi Tex, These are some interesting birds. I wonder if they are at the Run Around all the time or just stopping by. I am not sure about calling these birds "beautiful". To me they are a little bit too bizarre for that word. Of course, we know that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I'll stick with "interesting".

Revrunner said...

Ugh!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Turkey vultures are very impressive birds - part of nature's clean up crew!

Jacquelineand.... said...

You actually make the vultures look good, they should send you a thank you note!

Mildred said...

I may have shared this before...at one of our homes, mother and I kept hearing loud, weird noises each night. (almost like pigs) Finally, I threw open the window and yelled and clapped my hands. Ends up it was mating season for turkey vultures. One vulture was on the peak of the house above the window I was standing at, and it swooped down at me and I could feel the wind from its wing span!!! ugh....up close and personal!!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Very impressive birds!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome series..They do look beautiful with their huge wings stretched out.. I do think they impressive.. Happy Tuesday!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

they're so cool. I think they're like Pit Bulls...they get a bad rap.

Latane Barton said...

they do look like a totem pole! Not a very attractive bird, but impressive nonetheless.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Gotta stay pretty or else what would the corpses think?

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I love this! They are so cool, and these captures are excellent!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

You clicked some great close-ups Tex! They have been soaring above the acreage around us... always makes me nervous.. :)

Dicky Bird said...

Those birds are majestic - but, not too pretty! I appreciate their work ethic, as they sure do a good job cleaning up deer carcasses that the DNR will no longer pick up.


Lori Leigh said...

You captured some great shots!
Lori from LL Farm

EG CameraGirl said...

Their wings are very pretty. What a pity about their faces. ;))

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

WOW Theresa you captured some great shots. They do have an impressive wing span.
Hugs, CM

DJan said...

Not my favorite birds, but you certainly make them look more interesting than I think of them as being. :-)

Sandra said...

I wonder why God made these stunning wings and body with all those beautiful feathers and stuck the really ugly faces on them. they are magnificent birds, ugly face and all. great shots to.

Rose said...

Wonderful photos, Tex! They have such a big wingspan!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

I've never gotten this close to one. Pretty impressive :)

ThreeOldKeys said...

Wow.

Fabulous photos. They sure do look like they have the wrong heads for their bodies, don't they?

wilga02 said...

Amazing birds!

Linda Kay said...

Those have to be one of the ugliest creatures, right? That is quite a wing span, and a good capture for your photo.

Ileana said...

Excellent captures!!

nookworm said...

Important and impressive. Good shots of these graceful and elegant scavengers.

Gosia k said...

it is so strong ang greedy we don't have it in poland

Sharon Wagner said...

I like to see that too. If it wasn't for their creepy head!

A Quiet Corner said...

Such misunderstood creatures...great shots!...:)JP

Mary Hone said...

They are such an ugly bird, but fascinating to watch.

Kate said...

Really impressive looking birds; have never seen any of them.

Halcyon said...

What a fantastic wingspan!

Ron said...

Ugly birds but great photos!

joeh said...

They better not pose like that on government property or there will be protests and lawsuits.

I don't think they are ugly at all.

Bob Bushell said...

Oh yes, I think that is a wonderful Vulture.

Gail said...

Beautiful capture.

I have read on cold days they will do this to allow the sun to expand their bones so they can fly easier...but you can read lots of things.

William Kendall said...

Quite a wingspan. They are amazing birds. They have a reputation for being ugly, but I find them impressive.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Theresa - these are beautiful to see in all their glory. Nearly 4 years ago there was a documentary on Joe Hutto - the Turkey Man - you probably know him .. I was fascinated by the story of living with turkeys for a year and wrote a blog post about it. Those shots are brilliant - amazing creatures .. cheers Hilary

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Tired Out after a hard day's work on the road cleanup crew! A vulture needs a bath and a rest!

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

Magnificent birds. I have a county dump-off site nearby, a place where the county drops off road kills, most always deer, to let the Turkey Vultures do their duty. It is a working relationship that both parties benefit from.

Sylvia K said...

Amazing shots of awesome birds!! Wow!!

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Gert said...

Gorgeous shots, not so gorgeous birds...LOL

Terry and Linda said...

FUN!!!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

messymimi said...

Fabulous creatures! Part of nature's cleaning crew.

Booth 555 said...

wow, with wings spread apart like that you do get to see just how huge they are!

Debbie said...

oh t, these are magnificent!! really awesome captures, i love to watch them in flight!!!

Karen said...

Quite the wingspan! Cool captures!

Stephanie said...

Wow, impressive wingspan.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Such awesome shots!

Mama Zen said...

These are amazing shots!

Donna said...

great photos of that big wingspan!

Susan said...

Wow! Awesome pictures!

DeniseinVA said...

Impressive photos and impressive birds. I never knew how big they were until I saw one up close spreading out its wings. They sure are beautiful in flight too.

Miss Val's Creations said...

They are amazing! I love how they hold out their wings to dry. I see smaller birds shake theirs, but never hold them out. Maybe the vultures are just that much smarter. :)

Julia said...

They sure are strutting their feather power for you. Great shots. We don't have them around here. Probably too cold for their bald heads.
Hugs,
JB

Kathy said...

What a wingspan! They are so graceful as they glide around and soar on the air currents.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Gorgeous birds and gorgeous photos, Theresa!
The plumes, in some spots, almost resemble a Leopard pattern. Very cool!
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

DIMI said...

Wow!!!Very impressive birds Tex!!
Gogreous pictures!!Great shots!!
Dimi...

Crissi said...

Such interesting birds - wonderful shots!
Nice evening
Crissi.

Nancy J said...

I didn't know their wings spread so far, no wonder they fly high then soar down. Guess they enjoyed the sunshine.

Trollstubben foto said...

Great pictures.
Majestically bird.
K

Andrew Fulton said...

Fantastic birds to see...

Pantherka said...

Wingspans is fantastic.

Tanya Breese said...

i really do like to watch them!

RedPat said...

I've never seen them in this pose before. We see them here in the city just cruising around in the sky looking for something to eat!

Ela said...

Gorgeous shots !!!

Jeanne said...

Wow... That is quite a wingspan. Too bad they are so ugly.

Grandma C said...

Wow! That must have been fun snapping photos of them. Great shots!

Karen S. said...

Beautiful! They are very proud of their greatness- you can just see it!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Nice shots- I saw a few of these birds doing this on the side of the road the other day. I guess they were drying out from all the torrential rains we've been having.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

What splendid photos of the turkey buzzard. You do fantastic photograpy. What amazing birds!

Ms. A said...

Great shots of this very beneficial bird, but I'm not sure that "preening to stay pretty" is working. LOL!

Red said...

Great shots. They also do this to keep cool.

Marit Sønstebø said...

Wow! They are very special.

Its Time to Live said...

Nice images. I used to have a trained Turkey Vulture that I always wanted to take to schools for education but, they tend to upchuck rotten meat when they feel the least bit of stress - did not work out well in the classroom!

Chris Rohrer said...

I know my friends who are NOT birders think they look like the spawns of Satan but I think they are quite beautiful. Vultures are amazing birds!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Theresa, Yes, natures cleaning crew are impressive. Pretty pictures of interesting birds. Have a wonderful day!

mick said...

Great photos of these interesting large birds.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

"Bring us some dead turkeys, TWG!"
~

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Okay, you may have stretched it just a bit by saying they were preening to stay pretty. LOL! They are impressive though! Especially in their totem stance! blessings ~ tanna

Adam Jones said...

Just look at that wingspan. It's huge!!

Debby Ray said...

Well, they may not be the most beautiful bird God created but...great photos, Tex!! :)

Frank said...

Very impressive.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Yes, I like with open wings, beautiful photos !!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelentes fotografias....
Cumprimentos

Adam Tilt said...

Now that's what you call a wingspan.

Our photos said...

Wow, these are large !

Kristi Bowman said...

Turkey Vultures are so cool, I've never had the opportunity to be very close to one though. Mostly just see them soaring. Great shots!

Nancy's Notes said...

Wow, those are some amazing photographs!

Giga said...

Looks wonderful bird with outstretched wings. I greet warmly.

Pom Pom said...

They look like cartoon characters, don't they? Great photos, TexWis!

Andrea Priebe said...

I can't resist a good Turkey Vulture picture and I sure love a whole bunch of them. They are the coolest birds and they spread their wings inwarm weather too ... they love sunning themselves. When I would walk the Turkey Vulture at the rehab facility, as soon as I got out in the sun, the wings would go out. Great pictures, Theresa ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

bailey-road.com said...

They are so cool!

Stephen Hayes said...

Great pictures. I image wings that size get heavy with rain on them.

Robin Lamb said...

T, they are such a beautiful bird, except for the face that only a mother could love!

CountryMum said...

Amazing photos! They are huge birds.

Maggid said...

we have these guys! Sometimes. if I'm paying attention when riding out Metrolink (light rail train) - I catch a glimpse of one . . . it's fun, the wildlife one can see, if you pay attention. of course, it isn't anything like your amazing views . . BUT, suddenly I'm excited to have seen a few of these guys . . .

Farm Girl said...

What amazing photos!! I do love seeing them like that too.

Randy said...

I hope Bubba is in hiding.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
You were quite lucky for having them totem pole for you, the way those Turkey Vultures did! Was there a dead body to feast on or are they just visiting like that? The other day when I drove to the store, there was a big turtle crossing the road and cars went around him, as did I. When I came back from afar I saw a bloody mass... I hate it when people don't spare them!
Hugs,
Mariette

handmade by amalia said...

What a majestic bird! And quite photo conscious, posing for the camera.
Amalia
xo

Pietro and Cynthia said...

Great pictures of the vulture, so cool!

Paul said...

You got some really nice pictures of these guys!

All that drying and preening really didn't do much for their looks... :)

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, love these wingspan shots! Very impressive.

Michael Manning said...

Wing span, indeed! Wow!

Irma said...

Beautiful series of these raptors.
Very nice with outstretched wings.

Nancy Chan said...

Beautiful photos! You have captured the wingspan so beautifully!

Jeevan said...

Excellent series on wingspan of a vulture! Impressed with the poses

Margaret Adamson said...

Fabulous series of images.

Lynn said...

Impressive indeed!:@)

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

You have this bird also!

Lovely picture, Theresa.

michaelswoodcraft said...

Oh yea, those are beautiful pictures Tex!! Awesome!!

edenhills said...

I see a lot of turkey vultures out in my pasture. They are impressive!

Rita said...

I bet all the whistlers get very nervous when this gang shows up! ;)

Mich said...

Very nice photos!!

There's a house at the end of the road that always has a ton of turkey vultures perched in this one pine tree in the front yard. I think they're waiting for the cranky old woman who lives there to die.

Nette Cecilia said...

Very nice ,Nette

Jo said...

AAAA - maaaa- zing!

NatureFootstep said...

impressive wings :)

Mari said...

They aren't the most attractive looking guys but those wings surely make quite an impression.

KB Bear said...

I love your vulture photos! We had two on the deer carcass that was killed by a lion near our house. They'd spread their wings to scare away the ravens.

Linda said...

Wow! What a wingspread!

Midmarsh John said...

Brilliant shots.

Ida said...

Cool!

Helma said...

Stunning photos Teresa! Very nice as the turkey has spread its wings to dry. Really, really nice!

Marie C said...

Would make a great pencil drawing! Just saying! :-)

Laura. M said...

Excellent photos Teresa !!!

carolann said...

Turkey vouchers are gigantic.
I don't think I have seen such a wide span of wings.

The critters that don't land on your ranch. I think it would scare me as you never know what type of flying bird lands and stays.

You have to be pron to not be afraid. That is you.

Do you ride your horses beside feeding them.

Beside taking pictures. What do you do on your property.

Walk the dogs of course.

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