Vultures

I break for turkey vultures … or for any other cooperative bird or animal for that matter.

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Buffy and I were on our way home after a hike when I encountered these 2. I thought the wing posture odd.

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More vultures arrived. Was the one a female, and the other three doing some sort of display to impress her?

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I decided that could very well be, especially after watching the middle bird. It would lift one foot, spread its toes and do a funny-looking hop.

IMG_2965 crop redTalking about getting a lot of attention!

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And then even more attention. Occasionally one would be in the grass on the left, apparently feeding. The “meal” was dragged on the road.

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I had been taking pictures, easing the truck forward, and taking more pictures. Then we had “company.” The man slowed down a lot. Naturally the birds flew. There were 8 birds by then.

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Four of the birds returned. The “impressing” behavior continued.

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Me, after a couple more pictures, I headed home for lunch.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. They sure picked a strange place to do whatever they were doing.

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  2. Fascinating! Usually turkey vultures will fly away from their road top meal when cars approach. Must have been quite a beauty of a vulture to inspire such posturing!

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  3. That was pretty cool!

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