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A Turkey Vulture at the Horse Farm Pond

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This Turkey Vulture and another Turkey Vulture were hanging out on the fencing and trees surrounding the horse farm or ranch pond in Northwestern Marion County, FL on S.W. 110th Ave. below Highway 40, where I often go to observe wildlife from the side of the road.  The vultures were guarding the carcass of a large turtle in the grass next to the wooden fence.

I took the pictures from the side of my car but the vulture spotted me and flew up to a nearby power pole where it perched. After a bit, I left the scene thinking that I would let the clean up squad do its natural work.  On the way home, I spotted a large number of vultures gliding and flying way up in the skies above the neighborhood.  I took these pictures on Jan. 13, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Black Vultures

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This flock of Black Vultures was running towards a meal on the highway we were traveling along,  when I quickly snapped the pictures.  I took these pictures through the windshield of our pick-up truck as we drove past.  I took these pictures on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, a few miles from my home.

The more commonly seen Turkey Vultures (red face and brown feathers), and these Black Vultures, are nature’s clean-up squad and often can be found eating dead critters that have been hit by cars on the roads.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Black Vultures in the Dora Canal

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These two Black Vultures were spotted in the mysterious jungle-like Dora Canal area near Lake Eustis in Lake County, Florida.  The Black Vultures live in Florida and in other states along the Gulf of Mexico.  These birds also are found in Mexico, around Central America and all the way down into South America.

Like the other Vultures, these are nature’s clean up squad.  Even though they are buzzards, they are handsome big birds.  I took these pictures during a day-long boat trip around several lakes canals and the Dead River in central Florida on April 25, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!   Wishing all Moms a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!

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Here are a few pictures I have recently taken in my neighborhood.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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A Flock of Turkey Vultures Soars Overhead

I was looking out over the lake yesterday late in the afternoon when I spotted a flock of Vultures soaring over the opposite shoreline of the lake.  At times, weather conditions are good for the larger birds to just fly and soar around on updrafts.  Of course, the other possibility is that the flock was around to do what nature intended for buzzards to do – cleanup work.  It was interesting to see eight or so big-winged birds together in the sky over the lake.  This is the first time I have seen Turkey vultures in this neighborhood.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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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