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:

Ginny said...

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!!

Mascha said...

Gorgeos birds and well captured!
Have a nice day

Linda said...

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

Beatrice Euphemie said...

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

Amy Franks said...

lovely strong birds. definitely don't have those here

Margaret Adamson said...

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

Elephant's Child said...

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

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

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.

eileeninmd said...

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

Rose said...

Denise, these are fabulous photos!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

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!

Linda Kay said...

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.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

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

Barbara Rogers said...

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.

Sandra said...

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.

Linda P. said...

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.

gigihawaii said...

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

Debbie said...

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!!!

Gill - That British Woman said...

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

Karen S. said...

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

Red said...

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.

TexWisGirl said...

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

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

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.

Bethany Carson said...

Very neat photos of the vultures with their wings outstretched!

Carletta said...

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

William Kendall said...

They are huge!

Felicia said...

excellent image Denise

Cheryl @ TFD said...

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!

Ida said...

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.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

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.

Donna said...

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

Lea said...

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

Adam said...

cool bird

Stephanie said...

Pretty cool captures!

Linda said...

Looks like they are proud of their wings!

Black Jack's Carol said...

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

Kay said...

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

Stewart M said...

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

Bob Scotney said...

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

eileeninmd said...

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

bailey-road.com said...

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

Gunilla Bäck said...

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

Frank said...

How cool to see so many together.

Anni said...

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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Wonderfull captures black voltures, have a nice week.
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Karen said...

Really cool shots!

EG CameraGirl said...

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

Derek said...

Magnificent photos. Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice day, or more.

Wandering Wren said...

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

Marie said...

Great shots, Denise!