Tuesday, June 16, 2009

V... is for Vulture

I took this turkey vulture shot a few months ago and posted it on another meme. Since then, I have learned why he is standing in this spread wing stance. Called the "horaltic pose", it is believed to: dry the wings, warm the body, and bake off bacteria.

The second shot (used with permission ) is taken from The Turkey Vulture Society a site with interesting info about this gentle bird which is extremely unaggressive and non-confrontational. 
ABC Wednesday.....

22 comments:

mitt vattenhål said...

looks a bit scary them sitting on a row on the fence. In Sweden the Great Cormorant do the same. They stand perfectly still out on the rocks and small islands and they are totally black so they are even more scary....

RuneE said...

Fascinating to learn more about a bird we don't have. That pose was interesting - but a gentle bird??

Janie said...

He's a beautiful bird. Too bad he has a bad reputation just because of eating habits!
I would have guessed the wing spread was to warm and dry, but not the part about baking off bacteria.

photowannabe said...

Fascinating shots. Well done. We used to have turkey vultures roost in the big trees across from our last home. Good info too Carol.

CRY said...

i love this blog on vultures
thanks for the great pictures and all the info i learned

Babooshka said...

Magnificent birds of prey with a huge majestic wingspan. Excellent choice.

Anna said...

Now that was really interesting but I would not like to get too close to one Carol :)

Grace and Bradley said...

It is hard to imaging they are gentle birds from the images we usually associated with it. Thaks for the information.

Jama said...

I've seen bird spreading the wings like that, never knew it's to bake the bacteria.I thought they are just sun-tanning. :p

Marie Reed said...

He looks like he's waving at us!

jay said...

Those are both great photos, but I think I like the first one best. Dramatic - and I like the sun shining through the feathers. :)

Rose said...

Turkey vultures occasionally appear here; they like to sit on top of our barn. I thought they were looking for food, but perhaps they were just trying to dry out. Thanks for sharing this very interesting information!

lv2scpbk said...

Oh! That's a wonderful capture. Glad I visited to see this. I never get those kinds of shots.

Q said...

Dear Carol,
I also posted Vulture photographs. I watched them while on vacation and was awed....
Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures roosted together.
Great photo!
Sherry

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Hi Carol! Thanks for visiting my blog and for calling me over here to see your TUVUs.
Those are magnificent birds and your photos are gorgeous!

FYI- I tried to join the Turkey Vulture Society but I believe they have gone out of business. Terrific info at the site though.

nonizamboni said...

Excellent photos for today! And interesting facts. I saw my first vulture sitting in a field in Lancaster PA. Thanks for sharing; now I'll be keeping my eyes open for any up here in MN :O)

Joy said...

Love that wing colouring. It is a pretty bird, now that is something I never thought I would say about vultures.

Tumblewords: said...

I remember seeing vultures perched on cactus drying their wings. Excellent photos!

Hildred and Charles said...

Such an unhappy name for these big birds, - but they don't have a very good reputation, do they?

Interesting about the stance, and I think your shot is excellent.

Karyn said...

Great catch, Carol! I'm truly impressed.

Thanks for the info - I'd never have imagined that reason for sitting with his wings spread!

kRiZ cPEc said...

thanks for sharing, guess birds all do the same?

onangelwings said...

Holy crap that is scary. Awesome shot.http://reesspace.blogspot.com/2009/06/abc-is-veiny.html