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mnhtnbb

(31,502 posts)
Mon Mar 23, 2015, 03:58 PM Mar 2015

Turkey buzzard!

I was sitting at my desk and two great big turkey buzzards flew in and landed on a tree on our back hill. We see them
flying overhead all the time, but I've never seen one land. Grabbed the camera and sneaked out on the deck--crouching
on my poor arthritic knees--and got these two shots (the same bird) before they both flew away.

Looking at me:

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Looking away from me:

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Turkey buzzard! (Original Post) mnhtnbb Mar 2015 OP
Nicely done, my dear mnhtnbb! CaliforniaPeggy Mar 2015 #1
Peggy, I was trying to stay low creeping out on the deck mnhtnbb Mar 2015 #2
Nice shots. NV Whino Mar 2015 #3
I love your photos and I love these birds. hunter Mar 2015 #4
Great photos. Curmudgeoness Mar 2015 #5
We see them soaring overhead a lot. We're in--as you can tell--a fairly wooded area mnhtnbb Mar 2015 #8
I live right in town Curmudgeoness Mar 2015 #10
To suffer for our art is noble. Binkie The Clown Mar 2015 #6
LOL. It wasn't quite as bad as this poor guy! mnhtnbb Mar 2015 #7
What a fabulous creature! CrispyQ Mar 2015 #9

hunter

(38,463 posts)
4. I love your photos and I love these birds.
Mon Mar 23, 2015, 05:27 PM
Mar 2015

Much like dogs, individual vultures have definite personalities. Some are generally playful, some are cranky, some are aggressive, and some are more relaxed.

Curmudgeoness

(18,219 posts)
5. Great photos.
Mon Mar 23, 2015, 08:57 PM
Mar 2015

I feel for your knees. But the shots are so cool....hope you feel it was worth it.

Now, just hope that they don't decide to stay close to your house.

mnhtnbb

(31,502 posts)
8. We see them soaring overhead a lot. We're in--as you can tell--a fairly wooded area
Tue Mar 24, 2015, 05:46 AM
Mar 2015

with lots of squirrels and chipmunks and smaller birds and undoubtedly mice.
Great hunting ground. We also have red tailed hawks, northern harriers, and
owls. Big birds of prey--but these vultures are the biggest!

Curmudgeoness

(18,219 posts)
10. I live right in town
Tue Mar 24, 2015, 12:37 PM
Mar 2015

and I have been seeing a lot of Turkey Vultures flying around here. I had never seen them in town until the past couple of years. Since I have lots of huge trees, I am just hoping that they are not looking to nest right here.

Also, Turkey Vultures do not "hunt" live prey. Not that I don't think there aren't a lot of dead animals around, especially after our brutal winter.

A little tidbit about Turkey Vultures---they are one of the few birds who have shown that they have a good sense of smell. Experiments have put dead carcasses in boxes so that sight is not a factor, and they will show up circling and landing on the box. Also, they are sometimes used as a way to find a natural gas leak, since the odor from the natural gas seem to attract them. They will circle around gas leaks and can be seen from far away so that it narrows down the search for leaks. Notice that I love Turkey Vultures?

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