26 April 2009

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

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On my way back from photographing the alpaca shearing at a friend’s farm I finally met the local black buzzards face-to-face. I stopped the car, put the zoom lens on the camera and proceeded to walk towards them. I actually got closer than I thought. They were having a late lunch of a road kill deer.

11 comments:

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Heckle, Jeckle and Mo? LOL... great shots but man on man they are some ugly birds!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Amazing photos! The first one is just so cool! One of my sons adores vultures, ever since we rode Splash Mountain in Disney World when he was 4 yrs old. He even sleeps with a stuffed vulture. I must show him your post tomorrow. :)

~Lisa

Barb said...

I love the composition of the second shot with the wavy fence, the vultures, and their "meal!" Hope to see some shearing pics soon.

MedaM said...

Beautiful series of photos! I like the first and the second one the most.

Gaelyn said...

Erin, I love the 3 stooges on a fence. So if you bait them with a dead dear they pose longer?

Liz said...

Tis the season for turkey vultures! They're flying all over the forest around my parent's house.

Daryl said...

Back from holiday, trying to catch up ...

La Belette Rouge said...

Thanks for linking to me. It it lovely to find your blog. I am so happy for you that you got out of California. I am still here and envy you your "good life".
Gorgeous photos!!!!

Denise said...

Wow, those photos are wonderful captures. And how lucky is that to know someone who has an alpaca farm? Those little animals have the cutest faces, with no disrespect to our turkey vulture there ;) The turkey vulture is however a very graceful bird in flight.

Becky Mushko said...

Those don't look like turkey vultures (or turkey buzzards as they're called in my neck of the woods). Turkey buzzards have red skin on their heads—like turkeys.

Those critters look more like black buzzards.

Turkey buzzards are ugly, but black buzzards are downright sinister. They'll lurk around a cow that is calving so they can eat the afterbirth immediately. The turkey buzzards are a little more polite.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

hi becky...yes those are black buzzards...i was looking in my bird books this weekend and realized the error but had not changed the post...thanks for stopping by ... appreciate much your comment :) i stand corrected.