Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Vulture en garde


This is not a good photo and I apologize for that, but the subject matter was so interesting I couldn't resist snapping a couple of shots off. The scene is a local golf course. The debris was collected from tree trimmings and tree branches blown down in a recent storm.

The vulture was not afraid of us or was perhaps guarding a food treasure down in that trash!  He was watching something for sure!

24 comments:

William Kendall said...

I'm inclined to think the latter. They get such a reputation as an ugly bird, but I rather like them.

Bob Poris said...

More than interesting subject! I do not remember ever seeing one.

We live on a golf course and do not play golf. I wonder if I can train one to attack the duffers that land on my window sills, or too near the house. It’s like my feelings about people that do not pick up after their dogs, or vote without thinking of consequences. It could be a volunteer unit and use an odd colored dye so the evil ones could be indentified for consideration as to how to cure them and make them better citizens. I do appreciate the way some creative people make my mind wander in a constructive manner.

Keep up the good work, the world needs more creative people so people like me can think of ways to improve the world. Thanks. I am not a gun enthusiast, but know there are many shooters around that might like to join the vultures in punishing those that simply will not be considerate of others.

RedPat said...

Waiting for a golfer to get lost in the rough?

Sylvia K said...

I heard that he was tired of golf balls and decided to just spook the golfers by hanging out there, looking evil!! Whatever, it's a great shot as always!!

hamilton said...

Apart from the intriguing vulture, I like the contrast between the dead tree limbs and the lush trees.

Kay said...

"Step into my lair," says he.
I haven't seen too many of these in Washington but saw quite a few during my recent travels in Oregon and California. I think they compete with eagles and we have more eagles in Washington.

Lois said...

There was definitely food around there somewhere! I had a couple of these turkey vultures prancing across my front yard not too long ago because they spotted a dead squirrel. I didn't have my camera nearby and they made off with their meal before I could get a picture.

Randy said...

Looking for food.

Sharon Anck said...

As long as he didn't have his eye on you! That must have been some storm to blow down all those trees!

stardust said...

You sound not satisfied with the photo, Lowell, but the image can be thought successful because it has a story emitting kind of ominous feel.

Wish you and your family a happy and healthy June ahead.

Yoko

Bergson said...

when you see a vulture is too late :-)

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderfully composed, and the vulture is looking very composed too... certainly appears to be guarding something.

magiceye said...

Maybe there is a golf ball lying there and he is waiting for the golfer!

Karl Demetz said...

I like this photo, Lowell, so many elements in it.
He is probably watching how it is possible to have fun with a little white ball...

Linda said...

I love this! :)

Judy said...

They look so graceful flying high above on those huge wings. A beautiful sight to see. But up close, a different story all together. I see them often around here. I like them, they have a job to do and they do it well. I call them the clean up crew.
I like the picture.

Small City Scenes said...

very cool photo. We see vultures flying around here----they are not hovering overhead yet. haha
MB

Birdman said...

I like this shot with the 'white' wood.

José Mendonça said...

A red-headed one, right? Have seen them in South America.

José Mendonça said...

P.S. Once in Equador I felt asleep on a totally deserted beach. When I woke up I was surrounded by 14 vultures which seemed intrigued when the "dead body" moved! :-)))

VP said...

OK, better vultures than gators, I guess...

Halcyon said...

I like this photo. The vulture looks proud.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Don't sit still for too long under that tree. ))

EG CameraGirl said...

Vultures don't like anything tasty to go to waste. ;)

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson