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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nature's Undertaker


The Turkey Vulture  (Cathartes aura)


I remember my 9th grade science teacher explaining one day why vultures had no feathers on their heads.  Sticking their heads inside of foul disgusting rotting corpses filled with all sorts of terrible bacteria, the ultra violet rays of the sun sanitize their heads for them.  That is what he said, and I believe everything Mr.Foxworthy taught me.

"What are you looking at?"

This is linked to Wild Bird Wednesday



22 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i do like these birds, even with their rather vile eating habits. 'tainted their fault they were made to eat the dead. :)

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

eileeninmd said...

They are great cleanup crews! I think they are cool birds. Great shots! Thanks for sharing your WBW. Have a great day!

s.c said...

That is a bird I don't find in my garden. Great shots John.

Neil said...

Great photos.

Stewart M said...

I think its important to listen to your 9th grade Science teachers - they are the font of all wisdom, and I used to be one!

Nice pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

biebkriebels said...

You captured him very well, nice photo.

Carole M. said...

a great post; very apt title

MarkD60 said...

Can't that bird read? No Trespassing!

Karen said...

Pretty remarkable looking birds!

Felicia said...

interesting post!!!!

Felicia

grammie g said...

Hi John... Oh I like these guys!!
Ugly they may be, but I love to watch the soar!!
This a smart one to "no hunting" guess he know where to roast!!

Grace

Anonymous said...

They're awesome when soaring overhead - those beautiful wingspans!

Randy said...

A face only a mother could love.

Liz said...

"Nature's Undertakers"... I love that!! Great images, John!!

What Karen Sees said...

Uh oh, he's looking right at you. Hope he wasn't looking at Sinbad and wondering just how sick he really was!

Wally Jones said...

Great post!

In our area we have a very healthy population of Turkey and Black Vultures. The Black know the Turkey are better at smelling carrion and fly just above and behind them to steal a meal.

Nice photographs!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

That's a big bird.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Maybe he's looking at some fresh meat on the hoof. Run, Dude!

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Saw these birds in Paraguay. What do you mean what is he looking at? He is warning YOU not to trespass!!

Sandy's witterings said...

Seems to be making a good job at enforcing the No Hunting or Trespassing sign.

GreenComotion said...

I have never seen one so close. Thanks for the useful education.
Paz :)