Friday, April 17, 2009

Turkey Vulture for Lynne

This Turkey Vulture is for Lynne at Hasty Brook who loves these birds as much as I love my Loons! (P.S. Lynne - I was driving down the road when I saw a group of about 20 of them. I pulled over and rolled down my window to take a shot, and they all flew away but this one!) I better perfect my birding stalking skills!

36 comments:

Lynne said...

Weee-heee! Thanks Shelley! Isn't he gorgeous? I biggified it to get a good look at the neat lumpy-bumpies on his face. Good for you for stopping- I appreciate that you thought of me. Those guys are just so cool.

Did you see that Richard posted a picture for you?

fishing guy said...

Shelly: Excellant capture, so the most photogentic one stayed for photos. That is a perfect result.

Lanny said...

Good job! You know you could always where meat earings! We really like the Turkey vulture also, it is truly a unique bird.

Ginnymo said...

Great shot Shelly!! I've never seen one up close but lately I have seen a few of them flying over the area. There seemed to be about four of them last night. We do have a lot of turkeys in the area. Do they go after turkeys?? Or is that just their name??

Deborah Godin said...

I love the TVs too! Have to pull over when a flock flies over my vehicle, or I'd run off the road watching!

troutbirder said...

Handsome devil indeed is natures clean up crew. They compete, you know, with Waste Management....

Mildred said...

Great photo Shelley. He looks like he was posing just for you.

Dorothy said...

Great capture of this big bird. To each his own, but he's not one of my favorites;-)

Kallen305 said...

Shelley, I think you perfected that very well!! So cool!

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

EEwww! Only a face a mother could love!

A New England Life said...

Love the Turkey Vultures and this is a great photo! Nice Shelley!

holdingmoments said...

Strange looking bird, never seen one of those before. He looks like a big one.

Leedra said...

You still did real good. Turkey Vultures are very camera shy, unlike Black Vultures, which seem to like to be captured by the camera.

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bennie and patsy said...

Ok not my kind of bird ,but they are need. Great shot.
Patsy

Tina said...

Can't get any better than this..ugly at its best!!
Nice shot, Shelley!

Daisy said...

Great photo, Shelley. Looks like he is posing just for you to me.

Kelly said...

...I love your turkey vulture photo! It's really nice... I was at Clifty Falls yesterday and saw 14 or 15 together. What a sight!

roentarre said...

What an incredible look for sure. Love the details in this bird

Jayne said...

I've not seen them around here as much yet this year. We usually have so many circling nearby at any given point in time. Great shot Shelley!

NCmountainwoman said...

Great photograph! They do look so different on the ground, don't they?

Montanagirl said...

That is a great shot! They've arrived back here too. I posted a few pics I took of them the other day. The crazy part is, they come right into town and perch in the Cottonwoods above people's houses. Too strange.

Nancy J Locke said...

Shell, that vulture scares me! Great shot!!!

Good morning, dear friend. :D

Hugs, JJ

Willard said...

An excellent shot. I enjoyed the series on the loons too. The photograph posted on April 14th is exceptional.

Natural Moments said...

It somewhat looks like its face is pealing from a massive sunburn.

Chris said...

Hi Shelley,
It looks like the Turkey vulture pictures are flourishing at the moment on the blog world, probably because they are just back to their area. This is an awesome pictures, the details of the feather are really sharp. I love this bird, I saw it in Chile and it is very impressive. Good job.

Mary said...

I think it is wonderful that even one stuck around for your photos taking! Great shot!

Blue Eyed Tango said...

I'm really glad I found your blog....I came on over from Ecobirder. I really liked looking at all your photos and the blog has such a nice appearance! I'll visit again! Luanne

Sandy said...

ahhh great pic!

Smalltown RN said...

that is an amazing photo....wow....we get them here as well but I don't have a very good photo of them yet..this is spectacular.....I really enjoyed your blog..and i hope you don't mind but I have added you to my link list....cheers..

Deb said...

Hi Shelley
What a great photo of the Turkey Vulture! My daughter and I just returned from our trip to Michigan and we spotted a few Turkey Vultures too :-)

BirdingMaine said...

As I've always said, only a face a mother could love. Excellent photo!

Knatolee said...

Fabulous! I love turkey vultures too. We have loads of them around here, and Gordon often comes across them on his daily commute, as they munch on roadkill. In fact, have a pic of a turkey vulture (and an American kestrel and red-tailed hawk) framed over my desk! But your photo is better.

HANNIBAL said...

I love your portrait! Beautifully ugly!

The Retired One said...

Aren't they ugly/cute?
They are so big too!
We had our boat out on Lake Michigamme and there was a really huge pine tree on one of the islands with 4 of them looking down at us.
And me with no camera!!
Gheesh. When will I learn?

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Nick S said...

A great close up Shelley !

Tasheika said...

just saw a turkey vulture on e. 8 mile rd between van dyke and hoover by the bel air theatre... it looked like the God of birds... I didnt know what it was but my bf insisted it was a vulture so we googled some images and then googled vultures in michigan and there it was.... same bird, a turkey vulture....beautiful.