Saturday, January 03, 2009

Kings of the Sky

Turkey Vultures, or Buzzards as we always called them, are magnificent. Their heads may be unattractive compared to a hawk's (though the dark gray heads of the juveniles are more striking than ugly), but nothing matches them in the sky. And they're powerful birds, big and strong and splendid. They spend their days in lone soaring, rolling on the wind, seeking their food, and in the late afternoons they gather in trees - and nowadays, on towers, such as this water tower and its companion microwave/digital tower as well. Two years ago to the day there was a wake of sixty here at my father's; this year only a dozen or so. But the camera's better!

buzzards in a treeTwo traditionalists - preferring the nearby tree to the water tower

buzzard in a treeOne in the tree

buzzards coming down on the microwave towerComing in to roost on the microwave tower

buzzards on the microwave towerRoosting on the microwave tower

buzzard in a treeI really like this shot - mantling

buzzard in a treeGetting ready to leave the tree

buzzard in the airJust having launched himself off the tower

buzzards on the water towerLining the water tower - one in the heraldic/horaltic pose

buzzards on water towerLining the water tower - one side

buzzards circling their roost
Circling their roost

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At 4:25 PM, January 03, 2009 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

One of my favorite birds. I'm always excited when come back each spring - better than robins! Love to watch them soar.

At 11:05 PM, January 04, 2009 Anonymous Anonymous had this to say...

Hmm. I guess I prefer buzzards from afar.


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