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Old Aug 11, 2008, 6:27 PM   #1
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As I was trolling along the shoreline in the boat last Saturday morningI suddenly came across all these turkey vultures roosting in these dead cedar trees, awaiting the suns warming rays before lifting aloft. I had never seen this before, so this was quite a thrill for me. Here's a photo to illustrate:
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Old Aug 11, 2008, 6:28 PM   #2
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Here are more birds, just beginning to stretch out their wings to gather warmth from the sun.


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Old Aug 11, 2008, 6:30 PM   #3
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A close up of a pair of them. Of the many photos I took, I like the effect of the trees criss-crossing - one in front, the other in the background.
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Old Aug 11, 2008, 6:34 PM   #4
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As I coasted closer to shore, I must have made this one nervous. I guess he was all tucked into the branches until I came along. I could hear cedar twigs snapping as it fought it's way out of the tangle to get airborn.
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It did manage to swoop into the air - did a 180 and flew off into the bush. I was amazed at how easily it managed to fly between branchesand trees. Thus ends the tale of the Turkey Tree. :G Thanks for looking and commenting.

PS - I know they have a face onlya mother could love (or another vulture) but this doesn't detract from the beauty of these birds in flight. Cheers, Dan


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First shot reminds me of something out of The Addams Family. I like the phots, especially the Buzzards in flight.

Good thing you weren't walking alone and break your leg on the trail. :-)
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Great shots, I really like the third one, the branches give it amazing depth.

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Old Aug 11, 2008, 10:38 PM   #8
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Looks like they are hanging in the tree drying out not warming up! Really interesting story and great shots.:-)

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fishguy wrote:
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Here are more birds, just beginning to stretch out their wings to gather warmth from the sun.
Interesting photos. These illustrate how Turkey Vultures, which are communal roosters, rely more on external thermoregulation than many other birds, warming up by the sun in the morning and on hot days excreting on their legs and feet for evaporative cooling (Wood Storks do this too). In this photo (#2) the position of the birds explains why they so often carry white spots on their backs - look closely and you can see the evidence here, as you could in the recently posted picture of the back of a flying vulture.
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Awesome shots Dan!! Great to see a congregation like this. Never seen more than a soloone before....cheers...Don
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