Posts Tagged ‘turkey vultures’

A Two-Day Feast

This all started when an adult bald eagle landed in the field across the highway from our house. I hurried out on the porch to take its picture.

It took flight and flew right over me!

A little later, turkey vultures started flying into the field. The brown ones are immature, and the adults are black.

I had no idea what there was for them to eat … probably carrion.

I’m not sure if the light brown animal shape in front of the middle bird was carrion or a mound of dirt.

It looked like one of them wasn’t happy.

Other groups flew in too. They were scattered about in the 15-acre field.

I got as close to them as I could. That meant sneaking along the shrub border of our yard.

They seemed to be otherwise occupied. The two in this picture with the light wing tips are adults.

They were here for parts of two days.

The eagle wasn’t about to miss out on anything and was the last to leave.

The adult eagle, and a young eagle flew into a tree across the highway from our house. They didn’t stay long before they flew off to the northwest

… and haven’t been back since.

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Therese, This One’s for You

Buffy and Therese sat on top of the bluff, surrounded on three sides by a horseshoe-shaped lake.

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 The “road” in is an old railroad bed, with a steep hill on the north and a wetland with a creek running through it on the south.

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This was the first view when we reached the pond.

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A redbud tree bloomed at the base of the bluff, and the water lilies were starting to fill in areas of the lake.

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This shows where we started the climb up to the top. The slope seemed steeper than it looks when we climbed it.

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We often saw a pair of turkey vultures perched on the rocks to the right of the redbud tree.

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Obviously, we didn’t get near the edge of the bluff.

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A horseshoe-shaped outcropping paralleled the bluff.

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The whole area was beautiful during every season, especially in the spring when the wildflowers bloomed.

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It wasn’t a place to take young kids.

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Therese, I hope you enjoyed your hike.

Kathy

A Short Morning Hike

So many of the blogs I follow have posted ones showing beautiful fall colors. I greatly enjoyed each one and was quite envious.

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I was on the road that led to Eagle Mountain, where Buffy and I hiked a lot. The road is treacherous now with washed-out places that could flip a vehicle. Needless to say, we haven’t gone up there in over a year.

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Buffy has a hurt hind leg. My husband watched her while I drove a loop over to Stone Face. The turkey vultures were apparently gathering and heading southeast.

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Obviously, they didn’t take time to pose for pictures. A wider angle picture would’ve shown nearly 40 of them.

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If these aren’t called pixie cups, they should be.

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A fresh buckeye butterfly landed on the edge of the dry creek. It will soon migrate south, because they don’t overwinter as far north as southern Illinois.

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Here’s another picture to show off the fading fall colors.

Hopefully, they will be brilliant next fall.

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.