Thursday, February 5, 2015

BLACK VULTURES


I have already shared this handsome fellow from our trip to Florida, over a year ago now.  You can see that post here.  We had just exited one of the nature reserves and were making our way down the road when we came across him and several of his family.  This is the first time I have shared the whole group.  Most of them were behind the barb wire fence. They all had their wings spread out.  It had been raining heavily and they were drying their wings.






















You can learn about the Black Vulture at this link.


I am joining the following memes as they become available.  You can click on each to see other participants.  Theresa at Good Fences, Misty at Camera Critters, Eileen at Saturday's Critters, Anni at Bird D'Pot, Michelle at Nature Notes and Stuart at Wild Bird Wednesday.  A big thank you to our hosts for these wonderful memes.

50 comments:

  1. What a sight to see all these huge black vultures drying their wings!! Seems like this would be a once in lifetime opportunity. Truly amazing pictures!!

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  2. Gorgeos birds and well captured!
    Have a nice day

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  3. Fantastic photos, Denise, and their wingspans are amazing!!! :)

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  4. This is amazing! Love seeing them with their wings extended! What a great photo!

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  5. lovely strong birds. definitely don't have those here

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  6. So many birds in on place and great shots. I think the light on the outer feathers in the first image is fabulous

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  7. A sadly misunderstood and misjudged bird. Lucky you in seeing so many of them.

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  8. Splendid photos of such special birds. Interesting avian behaviour; most birds have waterproof feathers which only need a good shake to dry out. Strange that these vultures need to hang out their wings to dry - Cormorants have to do the same but their feathers are designed that way to enable them to dive deeper.

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  9. Denise, these are awesome shots for your Good Fence post. I love the Black Vultures are standing with their wings drying out.. Great captures..

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  10. Denise, these are fabulous photos!

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  11. It's raining heavily here in SW Florida today -- the vultures will be drying their wings for days if it ever stops! Nice to get the whole group!

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  12. Great pictures of this bird, but he certainly isn't a pretty one! The fences are great, and you did a super job of getting these photos. I'm never close enough to them.

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  13. You took some great pictures of them!
    I just don't like them :))
    Have a fine day
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  14. Great photos...my favorite is third from last close-up where shapes of bird wings and feathers echoes the cabbage-palm fronds in the background.

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  15. really good shots of these guys, they are so ugly they are cute to me and they have a good job and they do a good job.. i have one on auto post in a few days, but not nearly as good as your photos are.

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  16. An amazing sight to see the group extending their wings. Thank you for explaining the reason why. The one in flight is a great capture.

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  17. I always associated vultures with death. But these photos show what lovely beasties they are.

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  18. there is just no denying how magnificent they are. and they do serve a very important purpose.

    love the wing span....and oh yes, the fences!!!

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  19. oh my goodness, I always think of vultures as ugly birds but these are quite handsome creatures.

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  20. I believe you captured the King of the flock! They are a commanding force!

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  21. This is an interesting bird. You've got lots of fences in these photos. They're my favorite kind of fence...old and barbed wire.

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  22. some folks get creeped out by vultures, but i love 'em. these are a handsome crew! thanks, denise!

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  23. We have hundreds of them at the local soccer field every winter. I cannot guess why they congregate there. One good thing is that this crowd has not learned to pick the rubber off the auto windshield wipers and molding as was the case in the Everglades.

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  24. Very neat photos of the vultures with their wings outstretched!

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  25. Like a sight from 'The Birds' but with really big birds. :)
    Wonderful close up shots!

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  26. Great captures of them with their wings extended! We have the turkey vultures with red faces. They aren't so pretty, but they do a good job!

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  27. Amazing birds. I've never seen a Black Vulture before. They aren't the prettiest bird but they sure are interesting. Loving them drying their wings and the one sitting on the fence post, great shots.

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  28. Great photos Denise. I didn't realize they had to spread their wings to dry them. My parrots bathe in their bathing bowls and flap and preen afterward.

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  29. Very cool birds. I don't think I have seen a large group like this before.

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  30. Fantastic to see them all drying their wings like that!
    Have a great day!
    Lea

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  31. Looks like they are proud of their wings!

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  32. Beautiful detail in those vulture shots, Denise, with the light radiating through their wings!

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  33. Although I've never thought of vultures as elegant birds, you've given them dignity with these photos. Beautiful shots.

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  34. Great pictures - I have only had distant views of these birds - I still think seeing lots close up would be really great.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  35. Ugly birds which make marvellous photographs. I have been trying for years to capture one in flight.

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  36. Denise, I am just stopping back to say thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

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  37. Neat shots. They look so cool with their wings outspread.

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  38. Lovely photos! Impressive birds and you saw a lot of them.

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  39. How cool to see so many together.

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  40. I've seen maybe six or seven at the most together...NOTHING like this. Love the images with the sunlight on the open feathers.

    I'm so happy you decided to share this link for the weekend!! GREAT post.

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  41. Wonderfull captures black voltures, have a nice week.
    http://louisette.eklablog.com/grebe-huppe-podiceps-cristatus-a114631484

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  42. Every once in a while I hear that a black vulture has crossed into Canada...but I have yet to see one!

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  43. Magnificent photos. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice day, or more.

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  44. Well that's one way to dry your undies!
    I never thought I'd like vultures as much as I now do now after your post, these Black ones are rather impressive birds.
    Have a great week
    Wren x

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