Sunday, August 11, 2013

Vulture Convention or Disney Audition?

We are visiting family in Virginia Beach right now.  Driving down on the Saturday morning we had intended to get out at 6.00 a.m. as we knew the holiday traffic would be heavy.  However, we didn't leave the house until two hours later.   We kept checking traffic and the freeway app on Gregg's phone showed a red line for miles and miles, so we do what we always do, we take the back roads.



This is a road we have not driven on in a very long time, years in fact, before the new road was built that we now take.  At one time we would always pass the Crosby's Crab Company.   We were looking for the road we needed but both of us were thinking the same thing after we had seen this extraordinary sight.  It was one of those occasions where I had swiveled in my seat to look behind me.   I could not believe I had just seen all those vultures.  Good fortune smiled on us and we had to do a u-turn to get back on track, and also to see these very interesting looking birds.  They were in the next field over from the crab company, on the roofs of a house and an old barn.  There were also many resting in the surrounding trees.   On stopping we counted over 40 vultures.  


























At first I thought they may have been Black-headed Vultures but on looking at several photographs on line, they could also have been juvenile Turkey Vultures. I am not sure which ones these are.  Maybe someone will be able to offer the correct identification.








The Crosby's Crab Co. can be found here.






I couldn't help but think of all the cartoon vultures shown in Disney's movies, particularly an old favorite of mine, The Jungle Book.

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I will be linking with Anni's Bird D'Pot, and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.

29 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

definitely black vultures. we get both types here and those are black. :)

grammie g said...

HI Denise.. Are you sure there wasn't a dead bird in that house!! : }
I love the peering done the chimney shot!!
Absolutely unbelievable so many of them, that would creep me out!!
Loved the post!!
Grace

Linda said...

Great series of photos! I had to laugh when I saw vulture convention...long story, but I had an experience way back when there was a raven convention of sorts going on. I love this post!

Leave It To Davis said...

Look for the bear necessities the simple bear necessities...forget about your worry and your strife...I mean the bear necessities, the Mother Nature recipes, the simple bear necessities of life! (you say Jungle book, I gotta' sing!)

That is an amazing amount of vultures!!! I hope no one is living in that house....or should I say I hope no one is dead in that house! Scary picture!

Elephant's Child said...

Wow. What an incredible sight.

Adam said...

that's a lot of vultures

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Now that is just creepy!! Much worst than the movie "the Birds"...LOL

Mama Zen said...

How odd!

Carole M. said...

that was amazing; almost made up for running late

Out on the prairie said...

they love to roost together, what a great capture!

Maria said...

Great shots and panoramic views. I've seen them in Florida too.

Gunilla Bäck said...

That's interesting. I wonder what they discuss at their convention?

Cezar and Léia said...

I like a lot your title choice, well done! :)
Interesting pictures, the crab sign is beautiful!
hugs
Léia

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Denise 40 vultures is a great find. Great to have got so many shots of them.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

What a great series. Lovely pictures! We don't have that kind of birds here in the Netherlands ;-)

Greetings from the Netherlands,
Gert Jan

Kerri Farley said...

My vote is that they are Black Vultures.
Cool captures! and I LOVE your header shot too!!

gigihawaii said...

Vultures scare me because I always associate them with death and corpses.

Valerie said...

Scary or what! I've never seen a vulture and don't want to... although I enjoyed looking at them via your pictures.

Anni said...

Wow...not that's about a dozen more vultures than I've seen in a 'group' around here. Two, maybe, but nothing like this.

Awesome.

beyondwandering.com said...

Fantastic shots! I can't help but say "wow", so many times..

MJ said...

Egads! That's a lot of vulture birds!! We don't see those around here at all. They are creepy looking birds. You got some really good shots!

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic photos, amazing views:) Greetings

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They look like the black headed ones we see in Florida. Great reward on those back roads! Also on the post above, forgot to say I love your husbands retirement office)))

Lui said...

That looks scary like from some scary movie ;-o!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I am not fond of seeing vultures of any type and this bunch did look creepy as grammie G noted earlier. Great captures thanks to that detour too.

Marie said...

Wow...they seem to really like that particular property! Yes, they look just like those Disney cartoons! :-)

Linda Gross said...

Wow! What a large number of vultures. I wonder what the people who live there think of the vultures congregating on their property.

Ken Schneider said...

Quite an undertaker's convention! We get them by the 100s in south Florida. The congregate on one of the observation decks at a local wetlands and the smell is horrible. Their white legs say Black Vulture, but that last bird has such a long neck that I was thinking immature Turkey Vulture until I saw the legs and the rather different pattern of naked skin around its "collar."

Linda said...

An amazing sight, but rather creepy to someone who would never see vultures unless on one's travels. There must be a story behind why they were interested in that property!