Saturday, June 21, 2008

Camera Critters # 11

Camera Critters by Misty Dawn, go here to see who's participating.

I was driving my favorite road and noticed something in the hay field. What was that black animal? Was it something I wanted to be captured?

Well, the answer is yes. The Turkey Vultures are always circling but I haven't gotten a really good picture of one.
I took several shots from the car, then got out to get a little closer. They are a homely looking bird.
He finally got mad at me being there and took off. Here is the great thing about this picture, he went over a Blackbird which wasn't very happy. The Blackbird chased the Turkey vulture into the woods and I got to see a great show. Click to enlarge to see the Blackbird near the ground a little better.
Hope you all have a great Camera Critters.

45 comments:

Sue said...

They are a spooky looking bird in my opinion! Great shots though :)


My entry is here

Stop by if you can, and have a great week ahead!

Willard said...

A good post on the turkey vulture with good photos too!

Thanks so much for your comment on the fawn pictures.

Texas Travelers said...

Great photo.
I don't have one of the TV nearly that close.
Great job.

My critter is perched.
Come visit,
Troy

reader Wil said...

Interesting post. So the smaller bird chases the bigger one away! That funny!

imac said...

Gobble, good photos.

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willow said...

We have turkey vultures around here, too. They're scary creatures!

Jack and Joann said...

I'm not fond of turkey vultures but I guess they have a purpose in life. Have a good weekend.

Tammy said...

That is an eerie looking bird even if it wasn't a vulture.

Yeah the turtle and the frog are from our pond.

Shannon H. said...

Great photo!!!! I love the closeup!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I haven't seen the turkey vultures around here... they are almost scary looking but I can imagine the scene that was happening with those two birds!!!

Salty said...

They are homely on the ground but when they soar, They soar as majesticaly as any eagle. Good post!

TSannie said...

Never seen their face up close and personal like that...don't think I've missed much...hmmmm.

lingovise said...

last week a snapping turtle & this week a turkey vulture!! that is just too cool! Turkey vultures are very cool birds.

thanks for visiting mine - happy CC, have a great weekend :)

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

"Homely looking" are not quite strong enough words. That bird is UGLY! But, even ugly serves a useful purpose. Nice shots!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh they are so ugly, but great capture there.

Me & my puppies said...

We have lots of turkey vultures around here, they are one ugggly bird! Great shots.

Carletta said...

Hey Fishing Guy - do you think the vultures were stalking us this week? LOL!
You got pretty close - great job!

Shionge said...

Hey FG, I'm amazed at all your wonderful encounters as you drive :D

What a 'catch' :D

Indrani said...

Saw the blackbird. Good close shot of the Turkey Vulture.

Christy said...

Great shots. They are a homely bird but you can usually recognize one when you see one.

ratmammy said...

What an amazing creature!

Aileni said...

Less creepy looking than the regular vulture, though eatherless heads are very necessary for birds in that profession. I hadn't realised they were so large.

Heart of Rachel said...

Great shots! I think you're brave to go near a wild bird like that. The Blackbird is twice as brave for chasing the Turkey Vulture away.

Thanks for visiting my entry at my other blog.

Dick said...

Wow, fantastic shots of a not so pretty bird. lol.

babooshka said...

Wow1 I love the last shot of him in action.

Gattina said...

I have never seen such a bird or heard of ! Great picture !

Dragonstar said...

Not beautiful birds, except to themselves I suppose. You have an excellent shot with that close-up.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I do visit and I do comment and I was here. I did look at your picture(s) and I did read what you wrote about them. I could say how great you are and how beautiful your work is but alas I would soon run out of things to say on the next blog I visited, so I just left this to prove I stopped and said a few words on Sunday.

My Rheumatoid Arthritis hurts so I am using the same message for all.

The Texican said...

You and Carletta with the Turkey Buzzard photos. I guess I missed the boat by not posting one myself. Have a great weekend.

Rebecca said...

Awesome. I love it.

April said...

Super photos! I love the close-up one that shows the turkey vulture's patterned feathers. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Stacey Huston said...

This bird can be both so UGLY and also beautiful....Great capture fishing guy... Have a great week

i beati said...

great story little gets the big guy hah

D... said...

That's a pretty cool series of pictures! I've never seen a turkey out in the wild before.

Here is my entry for this week.

the teach said...

Yes kinda homely turkey vulture like in all of the world - some attractive, some not so attractive! :)

Misty Dawn said...

I often watch the little birds chasing the bigger birds and giving them 'heck' - it always makes me giggle, because I'm pretty little myself, so I can relate to those little birds ;-)

Great captures, my friend. Yes, they are homely looking, but there is a uniqueness about their look that I appreciate.

P.S. I added you to the Camera-Critters Blogroll, I hope that's OK

Tipper said...

Ugly little critter!

Vic Grace said...

Great shot, my models won't stay still long enough or I am to slow on the draw. That is why dead fish worked for me this week. I missed a lynx, mule dear, moose and bear in the last two weeks.

Rhea said...

I don't think I've seen one of those before. Great Camera Critters capture!! A very unique bird.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Anna said...

I've seen turkey vultures circling overhead, but I've never seen one so close. Not a very handsome bird, is he? Thanks for sharing.

The Birdlady said...

Yep - pretty homely. Good photos.

Old Wom Tigley said...

It sure as a face only a mother could love..:O)

Liquid said...

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit!

That is one funky lookin' bird!
Now, you know I am confused.......

Which do I shoot first?

Oh yeah, not the vulture.....that'd be illegal.

lol

Guess we'll have to settle for black bird pie instead!

:)-

quinttarantino said...

I had never heard about turkey vultures before; great shots.

Kahshe Cottager said...

They are very interesting birds! We have quite a few of them near our cottage and I find them challenging to photograph.

I am late finding this meme ... my first attempt here I have a turkey vulture too further back in the postings.