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Old Feb 10, 2010, 7:43 PM   #1
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Last week was pretty nice weather so I went on an afternoon ride around the lake to survey the damage to the fish population from the recent cold spell.
We normally don't get prolonged cold here in central Florida but, we had a record 11 days straight where the temp didn't get above the 50's and a number of consecutive days of below freezing temps. To compound things, our prolonged drought has dropped the water levels to the point that some of the lakes although still very expansive, are no more than a couple feet deep. that means the water temps drop pretty fast and the fish have no place to go deep to get warmer waters. Consequently, the fish kill has been tremendous. In the hundreds of thousands! The egrets, herons and Osprey had a free for all buffet for a few days, then the Turkey and Black vultures moved in for there turn. There were literally thousands of them along the shore and cruising overhead and resting on the boat docks. The aroma was pretty bad so I didn't stay around for long. despite the lousy lighting and my shaky hands, I managed to get a few shots however poor ones,to document the event.















I think they were hoping I'd get hit by a car and they'd get some fresh meat!
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Old Feb 10, 2010, 7:55 PM   #2
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Great BIFs, GW! I don't think I've ever seen that many buzzards in one place.
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Old Feb 10, 2010, 11:06 PM   #3
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As ugly as the vultures are, they are important birds. They have pretty wings, and you did a good job of showing them off, especially the next to last photo. Good pictures.
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Looks like you did good to me. I love that second photo.

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Old Feb 11, 2010, 2:47 PM   #5
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Thanks guys,
glad you liked them.
Gary, neither have I!
Harriet, You're right, I love watching them soar! very pretty in flight.
Patty, yeah, me too.
I was thinking about putting captions with each but, decided against it.
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Old Feb 11, 2010, 3:40 PM   #6
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Great photos! I like the 2 and 3... looks like one stepped out group... perhaps a capture would be fitting... Anyway, nice and sharp pictures, the colour looks great. Thanks.

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They are ugly birds on the ground but quite nice when they are in flight. Nice work GW.

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Old Feb 11, 2010, 8:31 PM   #8
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Great pics, GW. Your first photo looks like something straight out of Hitchcock's movie "The Birds." And the vulture closest to your camera in #2 looks like he'd be just as happy chomping on your leg!
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so
why didnt you lie down
and get some real close ups as they came in to check out how dead you were
the outstretched wings one is a beauty
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Nice shots, GW. #4 is great. I think Gumnut's idea has got a lot of merit - playin' 'possum with a Pentax!

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