Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Vulture Surprise

I was walking the other day, when these vultures caught my eye. I mean how could I miss seeing them - they were HUGE!

They were attracted by something (I won't go into detail here, it was kinda gross) that the local coyote pack had killed and left part behind on the old church parking lot ...

As I inched closer to get a better look, both of the vultures suddenly swooped their wings open.
And sat there like this.
For a good 3 or 4 minutes!
I think it must be their intimidation pose.
(like I would really try to steal their food!!!)

As I was closing in on one of the vultures, another bird buzzed into the shot - it was a tiny hummingbird!

It sat in the tree with the vulture - providing an amazing contrast of size.
The hummingbird was about the same size as that vulture's beak!

I soon had to go home, and the vultures have since cleaned up their dinner plate and departed.

I'm so glad I got the opportunity to see them up close and personal!


  1. Vultures are a fascinating and useful bird. Up close they are not pretty, but watching them soar on updrafts is amazing. We have a flock who live on a water tower a few blocks from here. The humming bird shot is surprising.

  2. Wow!!! I agree that they are not really pleasant, but the world would be a much smellier place without them. And they are fascinating!!!

  3. Sissie! WOW! These are incredible pictures!!! I am so in awe. These fill my eyes--and that one with the little hummer and the buzzard. Just profoundly fills my eyes.