Feb 09 2009

Vultures at a Deer

Published by at 12:08 pm under Bird Identification,Birding,Slower Delaware

Few people like to be reminded of the practical aspects of mortality. When we encounter death, we like to do it in a church, funeral home or a similarly sanitized, perfumed setting. It’s easy to understand. So I’ll take no offense if you don’t want to look at this photo series. I promise you, though, there’s nothing too awfully bloody here.

I’m posting these because I do think they have a beauty to them, albeit of a somewhat grim variety. I don’t think they need much in the way of narration, just a caption or two.

White-tailed Deer Carcass

White-tailed Deer carcass, found by the roadside just west of the Junction & Breakwater Trail


Turkey Vulture on the Trail

Turkey Vultures, with their unusually keen sense of smell, usually arrive first


The Approach

Vultures are such good gliders, I’m not sure how directly they could swoop down, even if they wanted to.


Touching Down

A final hesitation before deciding the coast is clear enough to approach this bonanza.


The Gang's All Here

Black Vultures, not as gifted in the olfactory department, are thought to use Turkey Vultures as guides, often displacing them from their finds.


And here, gentle readers, I’ll draw the curtain. May we all learn to keep our eyes open to all the wonders of nature.

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Vultures at a Deer”

  1. Jayon 10 Feb 2009 at 9:53 am

    I think that third picture, with the trees behind the vulture, is sweet!

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  3. Lynne at Hasty Brookon 17 Feb 2009 at 10:19 am

    I love this post! Turkey Vultures are far and away my favorite bird. They are so beautiful and are glorious in flight.

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