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I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

International Vulture Awareness Day

Some will agree that bald is beautiful. For vultures it makes sense as they eat carrion, dead stuff.  Read more about vultures here.
 
Turkey Vulture

16 comments:

Jo said...

Hi Gaelyn, thanks for making us aware of the vulnerability of these raptors.

lizziviggi said...

Beautiful pictures! It's funny-- I only know turkey vultures from my daughter's "Nature's Yucky" book, which explains how they poop on their legs to keep cool. You did them a little more justice here!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Gaelyn: Even a vulture has its day. I love to see the Turkey Vulture on wing.

Barb said...

I saw the condors flying at twilight when I visited the S Rim a year ago. I tried taking a video, but it didn't get very good. If you see them, Gaelyn, take a video for us. The wingspan is awesome, and I like the way they ride the thermals.

Carol said...

We have plenty of vultures here in FL....and very little road kill left laying around. Definately a necessity.

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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Such ugly birds but so necessary in nature. Those Condor's are huge. One wonders how they fly.

mountain.mama said...

That's a face only a mother could love!

Gaelyn said...

Joan, these huge birds only weigh in about 23 pounds.

gwendolen said...

Thanks for the ID tips. Very interesting IVAD post.

I love your writing. And your lifestyle! Something I would love to do. :)

Diane AZ said...

Lovely post about these underappreciated birds. Interesting to see how turkey vultures compare/differ from condors.

Janie said...

Interesting to learn the differences between the 2 birds. I'll have to review this next time we're going to the Grand Canyon so I'll be able to tell which is which if I happen to see either one.

RuthieJ said...

They're such neat birds! I'm glad through the efforts of so many people that we all have the chance to see California condors again too (another good reason to visit the Grand Canyon, right?)

jeannette stgermain said...

Beautifully caught, Gaelyn. The wings of both birds are awesome!

Jazz said...

They might not be much in the looks department, but they serve their purpose and damn but they're beautiful in flight.

Quiet Paths said...

Neat post. I see why people might get them mixed up if they don't have many sighting facts. I doubt i would know....

Louise said...

Very interesting.I think I'd like to see a condor fly with almost no wing motion. It amazes me how the vultures just rock and almost never flap their wings.

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