30 July 2013 @ 02:53 pm
Hanging with the (turkey) vultures  

“Turkey vultures have a lot of really cool natural behaviors and adaptations or … disgusting habits … depending on how you look at it”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRhzMrW0wmM

Socially awkward adaptations or not, naming your turkey vulture Barf does seem just a little unfair, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxp3K1IXCEg

Carcass, phone book, it’s sort of the same:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNWmItiXnto

But like most birds, to really appreciate these guys you need to see them in the air–which we’re lucky enough to do in Southern Arizona on a regular basis:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzmWgibZL_Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gnDLzcmf2M

Mirrored from Janni Lee Simner / Desert Dispatches.

 
 
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Janni Lee Simner: arctic foxjanni on July 30th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Lj doesn't always like to embed videos from wordpress ... sorry about that!
Queen of the Skiesqueenoftheskies on July 30th, 2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
We have a local turkey vulture who cleans up road kill (I live in southern California.) and he is HUGE. Quite a sight to behold along the side of the road.
Janni Lee Simner: arctic foxjanni on July 30th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
They're surprisingly large, up close!
EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY ANNOYANCE: Cats - Sora and Nefertelophase on July 30th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
Two of them once spent a few days hanging around my mom's house. I saw them sitting on the back porch railings trhough the window, from just a couple of feet away. HUGE!

We kept the cat inside for those days. Probably not a target, but you never know.
Janni Lee Simner: arctic foxjanni on July 30th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah. They mostly don't kill their own food, but I could see keeping the cats away, too.
Emma Bull: Damn Fine coffeecoffeeem on July 31st, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Turkey vultures just came up in our writing workshop yesterday! Thanks to a big raptor gliding around outside the building, which may have been an eagle. But I was proud to be able to say that it definitely wasn't a turkey vulture, since it didn't teeter. This led to enthusiastic turkey vulture facts and stories. Because, really, who doesn't love turkey vultures?
Janni Lee Simner: arctic foxjanni on July 31st, 2013 04:01 am (UTC)
I can't imagine who. Turkey vultures are awesome.
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