Kip’s Comments 10-3-19

Turkey Vulture on Fence Post - Image 590451 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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:   

Turkey Vulture on Fence Post - Image 590451 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vulture on Fence Post – Image 590451 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vulture on Fence Post - Image 590421 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vulture on Fence Post – Image 590421 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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: 

Sandhill Cranes in Field - Image 590384 (© Kip Ladage)

Sandhill Cranes in Field – Image 590384 (© Kip Ladage)

   

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.

B-17 Flying Fortress Plane that Crashed - Image 579985 (© Kip Ladage)

B-17 Flying Fortress Plane that Crashed – Image 579985 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Read more about the crash here: B-17 Crash

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