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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Turkey Vulture

9 comments:

Jay said...

Not the prettiest of birds, but it's a great shot! He looks very heavy. Do they fly well?

Island Rambles Blog said...

Oh I love the turkey vulture but I want to hear the whole story of how you got the shot of him in the tree?????....so close up...was he a wild turkey vulture dawn..I guess you get so close as you have a "Vulture Cafe"....cheers...I never get shots like that.

Dawn said...

thank you Jay and Ocean.
they fly very well, they are huge but once they get into the air they soar on the thermals. This bird along with a few more, I found sitting and sunning in the tree right by the road. your car is your best mobile bird blind! It was morning and the birds backlit.

Pablo Villicana Lara said...

I've always loved the way they greet the sun in the morning. . .
This photo is really cool especially cause you can see through his nose!

well done!

Don't Bug Me! said...

Hi Dawn!
I once tried playing dead to try and get turkey vultures to come close enough for a good photo. Surprisingly, it didn't work - I guess I just didn't smell bad enough!

robin andrea said...

Great shot, Dawn. Love the light on its feathers.

Dawn said...

thank you Pablo and Robin!
and yes DBM, the TV uses its smell, so you will have to smell dead to get its attention ;) good luck next time?

Nick said...

Saw a lot of these on lonely backroads in Florida, but they always had the courtesy to waft off before the car got too close. Big wingspan, I'll be some were over 6 ft. (BTW, if you're into raptors (not sure which birds qualify), "Musket" on WC - usually hanging out in the debate forum - is quite an enthusiast,carves them, and has done falconing etc.)

am said...

Strange how a bird who appears so heavy and earthbound when perched on a limb can be so graceful when riding the thermals. When I lived in California, I loved seeing them in the sky, even though I knew they were looking for signs of death.