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Vulture at rest
Photo taken by Robert Campbell -
"Turkey Vulture: These scavengers are SLIGHTLY larger than hawks and are frequently mistaken for them, or for eagles, but their identification is easy. Turkey Vultures soar with their wings angled upward in a dihedral, or V-shaped pattern. Turkey Vultures are black, with unmistakable broad, white margins under their wings and bald, red heads (black in juveniles.) If one is unfortunate enough to be very close to them, the first thing noticed is the pungent odor of decaying flesh."

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Mark StraubAmazing photo!

Mark Straub

Voted 10/10

This is such a beautiful picture... even though it eats corpses, the vulture is still a cool bird.
-Mark
Posted Dec 31, 2007 11:58 pm

lcarreauRe: Amazing photo!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thanks you, Mark! It is Nature's vacuum cleaner!!! They fly south for the winter, down to South America somewhere. Then they come back in the Springtime. So, I guess you could call them "Part-time Vacuum Cleaners." Whatever we call them ... THEY ARE amazing birds!!!
Posted Jan 1, 2008 10:03 am

BobSmithStunning.

BobSmith

Voted 10/10

I've always liked vultures. They are phenomenal animals. And I can always count on seeing a vulture when I go hiking in the mountains.
Posted Jan 1, 2008 10:15 am

lcarreauRe: Stunning.

lcarreau

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Hello, Bob! My thoughts exactly! I am one of those who can withstand lots of heat, and when I am recreating in the desert ... I often look up to discover my summertime friends "circling" high above me. It's almost like ...
they are WAITING for something! : > )
Posted Jan 1, 2008 11:50 am

Boriss AndeanNice

Boriss Andean

Voted 10/10

shot!
Posted Jan 14, 2008 12:00 pm

lcarreauGracias,

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

amigo! Glad to hear you're still okay.
Gotta love vultures! In Arizona, they signal
the coming of long warm days of heat and
sudden thunderstorms in the desert.
Posted Jan 14, 2008 12:16 pm

Ice Man Jerry VanYou should put thaton mountain of smiles

Ice Man Jerry Van

Voted 10/10

He looks like he sees a meal and is smiling
Posted Mar 22, 2008 6:37 pm

lcarreauThank you...

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

It's only because of votes he's been getting! I'm just wanderin' around in the desert, trying to keep away from Turkey Vultures for now. Actually, I'm waiting for my dear wife to come back from the Philippines. She wanted me to fly the 14,000 (plus) mile round trip with her, and I said my arms would become too tired.

Have a nice weekend, Ice Man Jerry! :)

(P.S. - I'm training my Turkey Vulture to snatch VOTES off other pictures!!!
Geez... what a turkey!!! !!!)) :)
Posted Mar 22, 2008 6:58 pm

imontopGiant bird!

imontop

Voted 10/10

I just watched a show on the history channel about giant birds being spotted in Illinois, Alaska, and Texas. There was even a guy who said that he was picked up by one when he was 10 yrs old. They said it looked like a condor......suspicously like your picture. Mmmmmmm....
Posted May 26, 2008 11:44 pm

lcarreauRe: Giant bird!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thanks! I missed that show on the History
Channel. I must have been outdoors or
something. I have seen these birds in AZ
many times. One time, I saw one with a
snake dangling from its talons. The snake
looked suspicously like the one you were
handling on Mt. Olympus! Take care! :)))
Posted May 27, 2008 12:29 am

lcarreauRe: Giant bird!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thanks - I DO need to do further research on the "mysterious accounts" of the so-called Thunderbird.

Growing up American, the only Thunderbird I
was associated with was the Ford Thunderbird!

Have a good 'un, Sir!!

Larry of AZ

Posted Oct 23, 2008 11:22 am

LeStefWOW

LeStef

Voted 10/10

Very cool pic!
Posted Jan 26, 2009 7:53 am

lcarreauRe: WOW

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thanks - we have large numbers of them here
in central Arizona.

You ought to come down here sometime. You
won't be disappointed!
Posted Jan 26, 2009 9:06 am

oldandslowClever

oldandslow

Hasn't voted

I have no experience with vultures. From the thumbnail, I thought you had a picture of Icarus.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 6:52 pm

lcarreauRe: Clever ...

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Well sir. I had no experience with Canon
Digital cameras, until I bought one.

What a mind-blower! Anyway, guess there's a
"first time" for everything.

Have a great upcoming weekend, and loads of
thanks for at least noticing the Vulture.

(They tend to 'circle around' when you least expect them to do so! Have a nice day ...)
Posted Jul 30, 2009 8:49 pm

MalibuMajestic!

Malibu

Voted 10/10

Even for natures clean up crew. Great shot!
Posted Aug 10, 2009 3:01 pm

lcarreauRe: Majestic!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Camas? I was born in Tacoma! Howdy, neighbor!

I decided to add a bit of color to the vulture, because even "vacuum cleaners"
deserve to be pleasing to the eye.
Posted Aug 10, 2009 7:11 pm

EricChuMajestic really is the word!

EricChu

Voted 10/10

What a fantastic picture!
Posted Feb 6, 2010 5:25 am

lcarreauRe: Majestic really is the word!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Danke, Maurice. I'm glad you like it !

Not in my wildest dreams did I think an
"old buzzard" would get this much attention!

: ))))
Posted Feb 6, 2010 8:04 am

highpeakskierInteresting

highpeakskier

Voted 10/10

I watched a couple of these birds sitting on the summit block of Mt. Olympus. They would just sit there with their wings spread, for at least 20 min. Anybody know why they do this?
Great photo.
Posted Oct 10, 2010 9:25 pm

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lcarreauSubmitted by lcarreau
on Dec 30, 2007 12:40 pm

Image ID: 369101
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Lat/Lon: 35.92464°N / 112.28027°W
Object Title: Vulture at rest

Image Type(s): Wildlife