Sunday, May 10, 2015

THE TURKEY VULTURE



One of Mother Nature's clean-up crew.  Not the prettiest bird, the Turkey Vulture, but he is really lovely in flight.  I see a lot of them in our area and I whenever I looked up I used to hope that he was a Bald Eagle, but after my initial disappointment I began to see what a graceful bird he was.  



I was lucky enough to find one spreading its wings on a fence post on one of our drives in the countryside.  You might not think so but I think he's an awesome bird and handsome in his own way.  Of course this could be a lady vulture but I have no clue how to tell the difference.  You can go here to learn more about them.




I am linking with Anni at Bird D'Pot, Michelle at Nature Notes, and Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday.  A big thank you to our hosts for these wonderful memes.

26 comments:

  1. i really like these birds - and their cousins the black vultures, too. :)

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  2. Incredible images Denise!! And, tho maybe ugly to some, they ARE extremely graceful and a much needed friend for the chain of things.

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  3. Perhaps not pretty when grounded, but they do an amazing clean-up job. And I love that spread of the wings.

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  4. Awesome that you got a great shot with its wings spread out like that. :-))

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  5. Funny that you should post about Turkey Vultures...this morning I was watching one on the barn. he was preening,and looked quite graceful doing it. They do have an important role to play,and I love them for it.
    Jane x

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  6. I think you got some great photos of him/her. Really interesting bird when you take the time to look. I'm glad you found him.

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  7. I totally agree with you about them. We have many around here. Both Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures. God equipped him with a special task, and he does it well. Plus YES, he is beautiful soaring above. LOVE your pictures, he looks like he is sunning his wings!

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  8. Fabulous captures, Denise. I have never captured this as well as you have.

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  9. I have seen lots of vultures and photographed them -- but that one with the spreading wings is the best I've ever seen. I like to watch them soar and I appreciate the work they do on the ground. Somebirdy has to!

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  10. You really captured the beauty of the wings!

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  11. Oh MY!






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    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
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  12. Awesome captures, Denise! I think I see why it is called a turkey vulture...the head looks like a turkey's head. LOL! :)

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  13. They maybe a ugly bird but they have a very important job.

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  14. vultures certainly aren't the prettiest birds, but they are very fascinating creatures.

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  15. Nice to see the Turkish vulture. It looks very big with it's wings open!

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  16. Great job capturing him, Denise!

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  17. You got a good shot of it. I can't take to the turkey vulture, I guess I go more for the pretty birds. Mind you, if one landed on my roof I'd be out there quick as lightening with the camera!

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  18. Good Morning, Denise. Love these captures of the Turkey Vulture. I think they are awesome birds too. I love to watch them soar in the wind.. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  19. we watch them all the time and in the air they are beautiful, graceful and their wings are a work of art. up close they are so ugly they are cute..

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  20. They are not handsome but they do a great job of cleaning up!

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  21. They are impressive birds... I've always thought that of them.

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  22. The first time I saw this bird in real life, it was close up, thank goodness! I saw it from the inside of our home which has deep woods in back. One ugly, yet so interesting, looking bird! Lovely photos here. BTW, I live in VA, too. Very nice blog.

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