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A turkey vulture ruffles its feathers letting me know he doesn't like posing for me...shortly after this happened :giggle: Vulture takeoff by kayaksailor
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terceleto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I love these guys, they're fun to watch.  Great shot!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
We live on a very steeply sloped hill side where the updraft is wonderful...occasionally they will swoop around right by the deck - almost close enough to touch :love:  and it is fun to look down on them too :D
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terceleto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's really cool, can't say I have been that close to them around the house!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
We're on almost 8 acres (at the end of the road) with 5-10 acre parcels behind us - in front we've got a 1000+ acre cattle ranch where the bulls live during the summer (cows too in winter) so not very many people are around...
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terceleto Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's pretty cool - sounds like an ideal situation for wildlife photos! I'm looking at a little place thats on 6 acres and then surrounded by woods and farmland. I like the isolation a bit because of the wildlife but also because I think it would afford some security for my birds just because folks won't want to drive a 3/4 mi driveway just to see what's back there and mess around.
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natureguy Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot!
.. not the sight you'd want to see waking up in the morning while out camping under the stars...... :rofl:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
:laughing: Indeed not!!
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alimuse Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great job!  We call them "turkey buzzards" here in Appalachia.  I didn't realize until just a few years ago that this is not an official designation!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
LOL!!  Buzzard - vulture same thing :D  Here we just call them vultures, without the "turkey" :giggle:
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terceleto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
technically, buzzards are soaring hawks, like the Red-tail and the Broad-winged, whereas "hawk" is for the forest birds like the Cooper's hawk and Goshawk.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Interesting!  Where I live we have a fair number of both red-tail and red-shoulder (which until recently I thought were cooper's) and they really do love to soar :heart:
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terceleto Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:)   It's just over here in the states we call them all Hawks, and vultures somehow picked up the buzzard name.   I've read some falconry texts where they refer to the Red-tailed Buzzard and are meaning of course our Red-tailed Hawk :)
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
I think in California they're called vultures...buzzard is a more back east term (at least to me) but now I understand the term when I read about it from European dA'ers!  Thank you :D
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terceleto Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've heard the buzzard term used in NY though I think the further south you go the more common in use it becomes.
You're welcome :) I encountered its use for soaring hawks a little over 5 years ago when I started studying to become a falconer.
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Nice composition, Ruth.  :-)  It does look like he's giving you the stink eye.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Oh he was!!! 
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Great capture!
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
:D  Thanks!
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
You're welcome. :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great capture Ruth
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lidarman Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Great texture on the feathers.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
I was lucky on the angle of the sun and that he'd just floofed...usually they're so dang BLACK!
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KV-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! Love Turkey Vultures! Such cuties! :love:
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
:D  We get a good thermal off our back yard so get them circling close by often...don't usually see them on the ground though...
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KV-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool. I see them flying around the city. We have a "river" (dried up, but big man-worked river) that probably gets a lot of critters and the streets for roadkill. I never see them land but the hawks also like to see on the freeway light poles, so there must be something in the landscaping that they want.
On my road trip vacation last year I saw 4-6 vultures eating what was probably a deer. It was on the 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. My boyfriend's mom wanted to photograph the big houses as we drove by, so she and my boyfriend were completely oblivious to the dinner party sitting outside a big yellow house. I was squealing and he thought it was because of the house. O_o Who squeals for a large yellow house that is not a Victorian/Queen Anne? I wish I could have walked back for photos.
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
It is great how the hawks take advantage of the light poles!  They're smart enough to (usually) stay off the road, lol.  And I'm laughing at your description of squealing at the group of vultures :giggle: the 17 Mile Drive is a cool road :D

I've never lived in the LA area but do know what you mean by the man-worked rivers. :nod:
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KV-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, vultures are just plain awesome. First time seeing them eating too, which I have wanted to see in-person for a long time. I saw one at a regional park on a large electrical pole. Some guys came by and noticed it too and said it was an "ugly bird". Total death stare until they were out of sight. Turkey vultures are especially cute!
 It's certainly different. Love the trees there. Definitely need those tall, solid walls if people are paying to gawk at your house. :hmm:

Yeah it is really wide and just gravel. So big, part of it is a golf course. Strangest place for one but even without the drought we get very little rain here.
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