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Buzzards at Falls Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee

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!

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