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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Turkey Vultures!

You know the expression: "A face only a mother could love?"

Well, this post will convince you of this!

While out on our boat, we spied a bunch
Turkey Vultures (also known as Turkey Buzzards).

This shot is a bit blurry since the boat was bouncing up and down,
but LOOK at his face:
(Do you SEE what I mean about his face?)

But they really are magnificent birds.
and with wide, wide wingspans!:

Just hangin' out on the branch, thinking: "Where is my next snack going to be? Is that dead animal I smell? YUM!":

Ready to fly off the branch:

Can you imagine the energy to flap these huge wings to take off?:

They often sit in the trees and spread their wings to cool off. I read about this in my bird book, it is a way to ventilate themselves to cool down:

They are so ugly, they are kind of beautiful:

"Damn STRAIGHT!!" he said, when I admitted to his beauty:

So my advice for today?

Go out and re-look
at something you don't find so attractive....
You might find hidden beauty in it, too.
Listen up, folks.
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Brian Miller said...

is it just me or does that last pic just give you shivers....scary looks like he is spreading his cape to engulf me...

Anonymous said...

They are just plain ugly. We had one light once on the "crow roost" (where we put food for the crows and ravens) and he covered the whole thing just by standing on it. Nice shots of the wing span.

Jeanette said...

I agree about that face...but the magnificant wing spread makes up for it!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What great pictures. I agree it is almost so weird looking it's beautiful.

Pat Tillett said...

A face only a mother could love. But all those shades of brown in the feathers are amazing...

Anonymous said...

You're right... quite an ugly bird. As a mother I would have a very difficult time loving THAT face.


A New England Life said...

I think they're great birds! Especially when they're soaring through the sky. Every spring I look forward to their return. Seldom am I able to see one up close though. They seem to be rather elusive.

Great shots Joan!

Joanna Jenkins said...

That's a face that should greet you with the words "Trick or Treat" :-)

Happy weekend.

Joanna Jenkins said...

That's a face that should greet you with the words "Trick or Treat" :-)

Happy weekend.

Wanda..... said...

OMGosh! No way am I going to say your photos are beautiful, Joan!

Linda Reeder said...

They really are amazingly, wonderfully, even beautifully ugly!

faye said...

I see a lot of vultures while
walking on the trail.

It makes me a little nervous when they follow me along my three mile

I'm sure I look like a nice big

Rick (Ratty) said...

These are now some of my favorite kinds of bird. They are at least the biggest birds I've ever seen. I love the way they sit with their wings spread out like that. You captured them well.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Amazing creatures..but kinda ugly. I wonder if they know that? LOL.. I have a photo for you ..but I might get a better one before the deadline:)

Bernie said...

Joan I really like the first photo of him with his wings spread, it's great.
Sorry I haven't been over but I have been having so much trouble with blogger, I miss you....:-)Hugs

RNSANE said...

Well, he certainly is no peacock...but I guess his mother did love him. Great shots you got, though.

CiCi said...

Another proof that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, huh. Great wonderful picture with wings spread.

SquirrelQueen said...

Turkey vultures do have ugly faces but I love to watch them fly. The way they soar is magnificent. Love the shot of this fella with his wings spread.

Ann said...

He looks so sad

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