Sitting Pretty For a Picture
For the past few days it seems like I have been seeing more turkey vultures than all other bird species combined. Perhaps that is because I am also seeing a large number of road-killed animals – mostly raccoons.
This afternoon this turkey vulture – its belly likely full from munching on a coon carcass – remained perched on this fence post as I shot plenty of pictures. The vulture even posed in different positions for me. Isn’t it a pretty bird!
Turkey Vulture on Fence Post:
I also this family of sandhill cranes. The young bird has the brown head while the adults have a red head. Notice two details – One bird was carrying something white around, and take a look at their color. Sandhill cranes are naturally gray, not orange/brown as we see them through the summer. Those colors come from staining from their nesting habitat.
Sandhill Cranes in Field:
On a sad note…. Back in July I saw this vintage B-17 WWII plane flying along Highway 63. This very plane crashed yesterday on the east coast killing seven and injuring five others.
Read more about the crash here: B-17 Crash