Thursday, November 15, 2012

Birds of a feather ... III

Hope you haven't tired of our feathered friends quite yet. While the more gregarious ones were gathered on the pine tree, I noticed a few less sociable, or perhaps ostracized, birds nearby. Careful not to disturb the group just above me, I swung my lens around to capture a great blue heron and a turkey vulture.

Today's interesting fact: vultures often appear to have white legs because they squirt feces onto their legs and feet to cool themselves. Who says reading blogs can't be educational ? Keep that one in mind for your next trivia quiz. And a bonus fact: vultures are related to storks.

Note: I will be MIA for the next number of days as we welcome company. I expect to come visit you in about a week (although I might sneak a peek at comments you leave here ... shhh).

I don't think this spot was very conducive to fishing ...

 and it seems he agrees

 a member of the clean up crew arrives


24 comments:

Noushka said...

Great pics here again!
My bet is the heron wasn't there to fish but to grab a batracian maybe!
They won't say no to meat! LOL!
Enjoy your friends and be back soon! ;-)

Just Be Real said...

Rick, your photos are breathtaking. I have two birds, a 24 year old Cockatiel and less than a year old parakeet. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The graceful herons are familiar but not the powerful turkey vulture. Great in flight captures of each.

Enjoy your company!

Scott said...

I quite enjoy good bird shots, though I have to say that those vultures in the previous post are an ugly bird. Thanks for the visual on the white legs ;^). Hope you have a great time with your visitors.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great pictures. What a person can't all learn just by reading blogs!Have a good time with company.

S. Etole said...

What great images you've caught in mid-flight.

joyce said...

The things I learn. Not only do I now know that armpit heat can temporarily liven up a dead camera battery (thanks to Dandelion's blog) but I also know that if I want to cool off all I have to do is poop my pants. Bedankt voor de gesichte Rick!

Michelle said...

Beautiful heron, but I do like that pic of the clean up crew swooping in.

Rosemary said...

Love that second shot, great down-swooping wingspan and the colouring of the vulture's wings is such a heavenly brown :)

Linda said...

Awesome photos, Larry! I don't often get to capture them in flight. In fact, I haven't yet. So nice to see that you have. Thanks for sharing.

imac said...

Gather together. lol. Great photography Rick

Linda said...

Hi Rick, so sorry, I meant Rick in my last comment. I was quite tired when I responded. I love your photography.

klea said...

great shots again of flying birds ! not easy ! very beautiful !

Magia da InĂªs said...

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Belos clicks, muito belos!!!!
Bom fim de semana, amiga!
Beijinhos.
Brasil.
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Barefoot from Heaven said...

Ohhhhrrrggghhh that cousin of mine. Sorry for her comments my friend. Mind me it doesn't run in the family only on her moms side it seems. hihihhi. Funny tak about peeing pants on my blog and now she's talking about pooping too here. Gal gal gal. And were come's gesichte from? I need to give her a call.

Again wonderful shots Rick. Love the one when it flies away. Je hebt het weer mooi voor elkaar.
Liefs Dag

Here I Am/Carrie said...

What lovely captures again. Actually it can be good hunting on ground for some water birds who like lizard, grasshoppers and other small rodents. Hope you are enjoying your time down south. Wiggle a little sand between you toes for me.

Patrick's Garden said...

Rick,vi
I think Ansel had/has it right. I feel privileged to see your windows into unadulterated wildlife.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Wow, great series Rick!
I don't know much about nature photography, but i like your pictures. I believe that you have a beautiful bird population in Canada!?

Leslie said...

Hahahaha, I knew there was a reason I didn't like vultures! Have a wonderful time with your visitors :)

Bitch said...

Great images of vultures you have caught, Rick!!

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, first of all, lovely header. Excellent scenery.

I enjoyed the feathered friend, not tired of admiring cos your click is excellent. Especially the 2nd & 3rd pictures, beautiful!! Guess it's not easy to capture birds flying. 2 thumbs up for you.

Enjoy your mini break. Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

The Nature Jotter said...

compliments, your photos are amazing!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Almost said TMI but educational. Great captures though. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

Lea said...

Nice shots. Especially of the flying ones. You caught the motion perfectly!