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:

TexWisGirl said...

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

Lois Evensen said...

Great images of the Vulture!

Anni said...

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

Elephant's Child said...

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

Stephanie said...

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

Jane and Chris said...

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

Marie C said...

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.

Ginny said...

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!

Rose said...

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

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

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!

Michelle said...

You really captured the beauty of the wings!

Cloudia said...

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Linda said...

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

Dan the Mountain Man said...

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

Jeanne said...

Wings are just amazing.

Adam said...

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

Weekend-Windup said...

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

Gwen said...

Great job capturing him, Denise!

Valerie said...

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!

eileeninmd said...

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!

Sandra said...

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..

maryaustria said...

An amazing capture!

EG CameraGirl said...

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

William Kendall said...

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

Margaret Adamson said...

Impressive bird

S said...

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.