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 Straub

Mark Straub - Dec 31, 2007 11:58 pm - Voted 10/10

Amazing photo!

This is such a beautiful picture... even though it eats corpses, the vulture is still a cool bird.
-Mark

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jan 1, 2008 10:03 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Amazing photo!

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!!!

BobSmith

BobSmith - Jan 1, 2008 10:15 am - Voted 10/10

Stunning.

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.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jan 1, 2008 11:50 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Stunning.

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! : > )

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Jan 14, 2008 12:00 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice

shot!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jan 14, 2008 12:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Gracias,

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.

Ice Man Jerry Van

Ice Man Jerry Van - Mar 22, 2008 6:37 pm - Voted 10/10

You should put thaton mountain of smiles

He looks like he sees a meal and is smiling

lcarreau

lcarreau - Mar 22, 2008 6:58 pm - Hasn't voted

Thank you...

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!!! !!!)) :)

imontop

imontop - May 26, 2008 11:44 pm - Voted 10/10

Giant bird!

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....

lcarreau

lcarreau - May 27, 2008 12:29 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Giant bird!

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! :)))

lcarreau

lcarreau - Oct 23, 2008 11:22 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Giant bird!

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

LeStef

LeStef - Jan 26, 2009 7:53 am - Voted 10/10

WOW

Very cool pic!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jan 26, 2009 9:06 am - Hasn't voted

Re: WOW

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

You ought to come down here sometime. You
won't be disappointed!

oldandslow

oldandslow - Jul 30, 2009 6:52 pm - Hasn't voted

Clever

I have no experience with vultures. From the thumbnail, I thought you had a picture of Icarus.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jul 30, 2009 8:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Clever ...

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 ...)

Malibu

Malibu - Aug 10, 2009 3:01 pm - Voted 10/10

Majestic!

Even for natures clean up crew. Great shot!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Aug 10, 2009 7:11 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Majestic!

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.

EricChu

EricChu - Feb 6, 2010 5:25 am - Voted 10/10

Majestic really is the word!

What a fantastic picture!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Feb 6, 2010 8:04 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Majestic really is the word!

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

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

: ))))

highpeakskier

highpeakskier - Oct 10, 2010 9:25 pm - Voted 10/10

Interesting

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.

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