Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Vulture Sky

January 30, 2014

Linking up with NF Winged   and  Skywatch Friday 

I am sharing Vulture Sky over my backyard...



The Turkey & Black Vultures are back to roosting in the trees next to my yard.


In the evening I can see them fly back toward the trees or sometimes just fly around in circles. I have become so used to seeing the vultures they are easy to tell the Black Vulture from the Turkey Vulture while they are in flight. The Black Vulture's wings seem shorter and more rounded edges. In the daylight the Black Vulture's wings have a white edge. 


I cropped the image above to get a closer look at the v-shapped Canada Geese. They were a lot higher in the sky then the Vultures.



It was a neat sky to watch with the Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures, the contrail and the sunset. Also if you look at the top right corner you will see a large flock of black birds flying past.



We have the deer hunters to thank for all of these Vultures hanging in our neighborhood. The vultures have a feast on the deer carcass left behind. I do not mind the Vultures, they look pretty in flight.


Thank you for visiting my post, I hope you enjoyed my birds and skies.

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Thanks to Sylvia, Yogi  and Sandy for hosting Skywatch Friday! Thanks to Monica the host of NF Winged.   I wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend.

80 comments:

diane b said...

You sure have a busy sky and a pretty one too. There are lots of them, wow.

Kerri Farley said...

Lovely shots!! I like vultures too :)

Arija said...

Hi Eileen, I do love your vultures, both kinds.
I'll make you a trade, you send me your blizzards and I'll gladly send you our 100+F temps, that way we will both be happy.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

that is what i wonder when i see them flying in the sky? there is something dead some where??! i am a weird one ... i love vultures ... the are super cool. one of my favorites. others sort of think they are ugly ... not me. ( :

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

lovely my comment disappeared??! any whooo ... i was saying that i love vultures & always wonder what they are looking for? you know something has moved on & it is just the cycle of life. vultures are one of my favorite birds. some think they are ugly. not me. ( :

Our photos said...

Beautiful sky photos!

Karen said...

This would be awesome to see right in your own backyard! Stunning skies your way, Eileen.

While we have plenty of Turkey Vultures our way at migration time, I've never seen a Black Vulture yet.
One time at Point Pelee 5 flew over the Visitor's Centre while I was in the bathroom. Of course. lol

Blackberry Lane said...

I enjoyed your photos, Eileen. Hope you have a nice day. Mildred

The Furry Gnome said...

Wow! We sometimes might see half a dozen in the sky, but never that many.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Watching them soar overhead is pretty cool.

But the poop...is disgusting. And my Rottie likes to lick it. "Oh...gross," he screamed like a girl.

DeniseinVA said...

Neat shots Eileen and it's nice to learn a little more about the Black Vulture. Have a great day!

ladyfi said...

What lovely sky shots.

Icy BC said...

Gorgeous sky photos Eileen!

Montanagirl said...

Amazing photos, Eileen! We get the Turkey Vultures here. They fly right around town, just above the treetops. Then perch about a half block from our house in a big dead cottonwood for the night. Rather eerie.

Lynne said...

Great shots Eileen. I visited with a gal yesterday who told me that they are not allowed to feed the birds anymore in their condo complex area because of the over population of turkey vultures. I guess they can be very destructive as they land and dig around for food. I found the news very sad because I love my bird visitors and couldn't bear being told I couldn't continue to feed them.

EG CameraGirl said...

So that's where all the vultures are!! None here at the moment.

Mama Zen said...

Neat shots, Eileen!

Irma said...

Very nice so the vultures in the sky.
The last two are my favorite.

Andrea said...

Wow! Those are some great photos. Is that in california?

TexWisGirl said...

i find them comforting when i see them gliding and soaring in the air. i know a lot of folks find them unnerving.

Debbie said...

i do agree, the vultures are beautiful in flight!!

i have been seeing so many "V" shaped flight patterns from the geese, they are amazing!!

the last shot is spectacular!!

DIMI said...

Wow!!The sky is full of birds Eileen!!Wonderful shots!!Beautiful skies images!Wish you a happy weekend!Hugs!
Dimi...

Our Neck of the Woods said...

They do look pretty in flight. Cool shots of the sky full of vultures!

Betsy Adams said...

Great photos of the vultures. I had no idea the difference in the two... We see them when we visit our little cabin in Arkansas...

Beautiful sky photos. Have a wonderful birding day/weekend. Hopefully it will be a little warmer!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

lisa hermanson said...

Wow, Eileen, I have really never seen a flight of vultures like that in a photo - amazing ! Good you see that they are a part of nature like everything else and have a place.

Gail Dixon said...

Why do the hunters leave the deer carcasses behind? Seems they'd want to take home the meat. Anyway, beautiful sky shots, Eileen! Will try to post to your meme on Saturday, even though I usually take weekends off from blogging.

Happyone said...

Wow they are great pictures. Lots going on there.

Ela said...

I love watching birds in flight.
Wonderful shots
Greetings

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

We are seeing large flocks of vultures here in south Florida. They congregate to roost by the hundreds at a small wildlife preserve and the adjacent soccer fields. The cover the boardwalks and outbuildings and really smell bad, but as you say, they are beautiful in flight.

Giga said...

Niebo było piękne, więc podziwiałaś nThe sky was beautiful, so I could admire them for their background. Yours.ie tylko sępy. Pozdrawiam.\

betchai said...

oh wow, that's a lot!!! plus the sunset, made really for a very beautiful picture.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

We passed a murder of crows on the way back from hospital.
Twas a bit strange! As many as your vultures.
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

me (maria) said...

Amazing sky (so many birds) and photos!

Ailime said...

Olá Eileen, na verdade é um privilégio poder fotografar todos essas aves que esvoaçam pelos céus daí!! Consegui ver o outro bando lá bem em cima! Espectacular!
Excelentes fotos!
Abraços, Ailime

confusedmind said...

You live in a small paradise! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of vultures!! Have a nice day!

George said...

I don't think I've ever seen so many vultures in one area at one time. Your sunset photos are beautiful.

A Quiet Corner said...

That's a LOT...I think that would make me feel a tad uncomfortable!...:)JP

Mary said...

All these birds and such a wonderful sky! Gorgeous!

VioletSky-Sightlines said...

Wow, your sky sky might need an air traffic controller!

Carver said...

I love the colorful clouds in the last shots and great captures of the Vultures in flight.

Stephanie said...

Great sky shots!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Oh you are so lucky! I like the vultures. Saw several today. By the way, home now but spent the past couple of days in Ft. Myers/Sanibel and Ding Darling. Oh was that fun! Tomorrow's blog will have some of the 500+ pictures I took. Have a great Friday tomorrow and stay warm!

edenhills said...

Wow! That is a lot of vultures! Love that last sky shot.

Elaine said...

A lot going on in the sky! Very pretty!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots of birds in the flight.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

That is a gorgeous sky!! I see a turkey vulture around our few acres every now and then. I don't know what they are eating, though!

Linda W. said...

Wow, that's a lot of vultures!

Indrani said...

I have never seen so many vultures together in flight! Great sight, very well captured.

lina@womens perspectives said...

Lots of them!
Enjoying your vulture skies :)

Jim said...

great sky shots

Linda said...

Oh my! That's a lot of vultures!

I posted a pic today of one lone vulture. He may be waiting for a bus!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Really beautiful skies, and wow do you have a lot of bird activities in your skies! Very cool.

Emilie's daughter said...

Amazing photos once again! I had no ideas that these birds exist! and then there were so many around! Wow! CHrista

Lew said...

Gorgeous color in your sky and lots of vultures! I see them here, but usually as pairs or small flocks.

Merisi said...

What beautiful daily spectacle in your very own sky!
The sunset is sensational, too, like an Italian painting.

I never knew the hunters would live a deer carcass behind. Is it done to feed some creatures or out of carelessness? I don't think they are allowed to do this around here.

Happy Sky Watch,
Merisi

Gunilla Bäck said...

The light on the clouds is very pretty. Enjoy your weekend, Eileen!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Incredible to see so many vultures dotting the skyline.

yonca said...

Seeing all those beauties right from your own back yard..Wow..It IS amazing, Eileen!xx

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that´s a lot of vultures. And great skies to them. Love it!

Ercotravels said...

Great shots!

Crafty Green Poet said...

that's an amazing gathering of vultures

Regina said...

Amazing captures Eileen!

Happy weekend.

xo

Regina

Jan K. alias Afanja said...

Wonderful shots, Eileen, must be impressive to see so many vultures above your garden.

Betty Manousos said...

wow, this was amazing!
can't stop looking at those beautiful skies.

i linked to saturday's critters today.
yay!

happy weekend~

Tammy said...

Beautiful sky shots, Eileen! That is really cool how you captured the different groups of passing birds in the same photo! Hope you have a great weekend!

Łucja-Maria said...

Fell in love with your photos and a blue sky.
I wish you a nice weekend.
Lucia

Stewart M said...

Thats a lots of birds - those geese must be way up!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pat said...

Beautiful skies, full of birds.

Pallavi said...

That is one gorgeous sky Eileen :) hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Hilda R.B said...

Beautiful sky Photos,
From Hilda

Hilda R.B said...

Beautiful sky Photos,
From Hilda

genie said...

That’s a sky full of vultures. I have never seen so many in one place at one time. I cannot imaging them returning night after night. Glad you told us the remains of the deer attracted them. Beautiful captures.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wow - amazing shots - I love how you got the geese and the little birds in the pictures too. I love the vultures - one time one flew up almost against our house - just about grazing it as it flew up a hill - and the swerved directly in front of a window to miss the house - I saw the feathers distinctly - it is an image burned into my mind.

Gattina said...

A lot of traffic in your sky ! Beautiful pictures !

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
Wow; spectacular sky with the The Turkey & Black Vultures♡♡♡ A flight of birds I can see here in my area is crows ^^;

Take Care and have a wonderful weekend, my friend in America.

Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Brian King said...

I love these! Especially the second to last shot. Vultures are one of my favorite birds.

Laura said...

Beautiful skies for the birds to wing through.

Linnea said...

I always think of trouble when I see a bunch of vultures circling around in the sky. These are great shots, though. Thanks for visiting my sky. Enjoy the week.

thomas said...

Wow!What a busy sky!

Party of 5 said...

you are blessed to be surrounded by nature.