Vulture @ rest

Vulture @ 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."

on Dec 30, 2007 12:40 pm
Image Type(s): Wildlife
Image ID: 369101


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lcarreau - Oct 10, 2010 9:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Interesting

Short answer?

They are sunning themselves to clean their wings.

Turkey vultures eat road kills and other dead animals. Their feet, beaks and feathers are often contaminated with bacteria from the often long-dead animals. Sunning themselves allows the sun’s ultraviolet rays to kill the bacteria.

Did somebody order road pizza ???


suddendescent - Jan 12, 2011 2:25 pm - Hasn't voted

Fabulous colourful imagery !

Such images are definitly inspiring. I guess that out of foolish pride someone like myself has no choice but to further explore my own back yard which despite appearing flat on surface may hold many likewise surprises !... Hopefully the future will be full of promise !

Regarding your profile image; Despite what I surmise originates from a book (check the close-up) , such a moment to photograph is what people go to the ends of the earth for !

Good luck !


lcarreau - Jan 12, 2011 6:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Fabulous colourful imagery !

Thanks, Karl! Of course, you're entitled to
your own opinions and choices in life, but
you leave me rather confused as to WHERE you
stand on Vultures in general.

It's very encouraging to know of your fascination to explore the entire face
of this beautiful planet. By all means,
you have my complete blessings.

If you ever venture to central Arizona between March - September, I promise you WILL
meet the Turkey Vulture up close and personal, as it soars through the sunny
Arizona skies in search of decaying flesh.

Then, you'll be able to draw your own conclusion as to whether or not you find
this amazing bird to be a metaphor for
living within a bleak desert landscape, as I
have done for the past 20 years..

May the purple VULTURE be with you!


ironcondor - May 12, 2011 10:32 pm - Voted 10/10

A vulture at rest...

is a good sign.

Any vulture(s) hovering over you...
is cause for concern.


lcarreau - May 12, 2011 11:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: A vulture at rest...

Thanks - perhaps just a symbol of the Old West, as portrayed by numerous poets and musicians. Vultures are truly misunderstood.

The Vulture eats between his meals,
And that's the reason why;
He very, very, rarely feels
As well as you and I.

His eye is dull, his head is bald,
His neck is growing thinner.
Oh! what a lesson for us all ..
To only eat at dinner!

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