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Vultures are commonly known as “Buzzards”.  My husband and I took a day trip yesterday to the Falls Creek Falls State Park here in Tennessee.  The park is quite striking in that it has geologic features such as sandstone bluffs and dramatic tall waterfalls.  It is an extremely beautiful park!  At one overlook, we saw a couple of Vultures (Likely Turkey Vultures) soaring in wide sweeping circles in the air.  As time went on, more and more of these huge Vultures came.  I captured a few pictures of six Vultures soaring together way up in the sky.  I bet they were enjoying catching updrafts and just soaring on the winds.  The Vultures are often attracted to carrion or dead animals.  These birds are nature’s clean-up crew.  The reason these over-sized birds have no feathers on their red necks is that they eat the carrion.  I took these pictures on 11/22/10 in the mid-afternoon.  The backdrop for some of the pictures is a huge sandstone and limestone bluff.  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Falls Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee and would highly recommend this park as a day trip or overnight visit.  The park has a campground for trailers and tents and also offers cabins and an inn.  By the way, the falls there are the highest waterfalls East of the Rocky Mountains.  Please click on the thumbnail view to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Buzzards at Falls Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee" (7)

  1. Wonder if there’s a difference between the term vulture and buzzard? Yes, much as they are ickky, they do serve a good purpose!

  2. They aren’t very pretty, but it’s good to have them around. They do a good service and they are actually pretty good fliers!

  3. Glad you made it to Fall Creek Falls… It’s one of our favorite places… I’ve seen those vultures circling in the gorge… Did you see all of the waterfalls? I think there are SIX there.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you… Hope you have a great day/week.. After tomorrow, I’m taking some time off from blogging.

    God Bless You.

  4. Hi Betsy, Only saw 2 of the falls. Beautiful!!! Have a super good Thanksgiving!

  5. We have turkey vultures here. I don’t mind them because they clean up the road kill–a job that needs to be done and they don’t go after live animals. Falls Creek State Park sounds like a really interesting place to visit.

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