Thursday, September 11, 2008

Buzzards and Blue Skies for Sky Watch










I just have to post these...I have seen buzzards before and seen several at one time but never like today. These are just a few of the images I captured--admittedly the best. And they could be just a bit better. The top image, which was actually the very last one I took of them, gives you a clue to how many they were. My husband was able to count 28 at one time. I really wish some of my other shots had been better...they were flying so close to me. They were just all around! And no it wasn't for something dead. They were sunning themselves down on the side of the dam.

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50 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent captures Rose... I same many of our Buzzards on my canal trip, but did not manage any pictures as good as these.. The pictures on my blog this week was as you thought from the same trip

Maria said...

Rose, your pictures are great! They are so clear and the birds are really big on them. I have never seen so many of them together! Never!
Happy SWF!

Juliana RW said...

nice captures of the sky and the birds

Please drop at my SWF post also: in HERE and HERE Thanks

Yen said...

WOW! I love the sequence of the photos and how you capture all those bird shots! I posted mine too, HERE! Happy SWF!~

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I wonder why they were all together like that! I'd think hunting sol or in pairs would mean more food if they did find something. Oh well, guess I don't think like a vulture. ;-)

Louise said...

That's a lot of buzzards! I love the last one.

aurinkoinen blogi =) said...

beautiful photo!
have a nice weekend!

fishing guy said...

Rose: I have so much trouble with those buzzards, maybe if I had 28 I could finally get more then air. Thanks for sharing your bonanza.

Photo Cache said...

nice shots. happy skywatching/bird watching.

reluctantfarmchik said...

It's slightly ominous to see these birds in the sky (at least in this area). Luckily the sky doesn't support that ominous feeling!

Titania said...

Great bird pictures; soaring free
beautiful!

Carletta said...

Great captures Rose - don't kid yourself. They are not easy to get and you did a great job.

Happy Sky Watching!

ilanadavita said...

Interesting capture.

Webradio said...

Hello !

Beautiful skys and beautiful flys...

Chikai said...

wow! you must have a very good camera to capture all these birds flying so clearly.

Utah Skyline

ellen b said...

These are great Rose. They are such weird looking birds. Love the wing span.

Arija said...

Great sewquence against the blue sky.
I love bird photography, especially the one taking off from the guard rail. I hope he had a safe landing!

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

I like the motion and the moments you captured in this series of photos. Great choice for SWF!

Cátia said...

Excellent captures!beautiful pictures

Muge said...

Nice shots! Especially the capture of the wings on the last photo is very good! Have a beautiful week-end!

Craver Vii said...

I'm not a big fan of these birds, but they DO look graceful in flight. Excellent photos (shudder).

Anne-Berit said...

What a lucky catch.I think your pictures are wonderful!

Woody said...

Neat Shots..Happy SWF

Babooshka said...

I love birds in flfight pics. all great but the last just grabbed me.

Tommy V said...

great photo of the a ugly bird. LOL

Denise said...

Great photos, I have never seen that many vultures in one flock before. Two or three at the most, maybe four. We're always looking for that better photo but truly, I think yours are great.

rhoen said...

wow! i this series of shots! Really great for SWF! Happy weekend!

Leedra said...

These are great. I have tried to get photos of the Turkey Vultures before. It is hard. For one they usually do not come low enough. I saw 2 today that were fairly low. I was driving at the time, naturally. You did good.

SandyCarlson said...

I love that they love life and you were there to see it for us and to bring it all home to share.

dot said...

These are really good pictures. I love the last one that you caught in flight.

Nancy said...

Wow! The first and 4th are my favs. Good thing the sun was out!

napaboaniya said...

Love the shot with so many birds soaring under that sky :)

Jules said...

Thee photos evoke such a sense of freedom -great!!!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

i LOVE to see the buzzards flying about (not such pretty birds) but when flying they simply dance up there in the sky~ Love these pics!

Fish Whisperer said...

Very cool photos. I think you captured the perfectly. Have a great weekend.
Cheers

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Great shots! We often have quite a flock where I live. Every summer they have Buzzard day at the state park and have a run/walk and activities.
Thanks for dropping by and taking a peek at my sunsets!

Hyde DP said...

An excellent sequence as we start with the flock and finally move in closer.

vincibene said...

Beautiful series! I´ve never seen such buzzards.

Mary said...

Those are great shots and I really like the one on the guard rail! Don't you love seeing stuff like that and getting some decent shots? It's so frustrating when you find out the shots you thought you had aren't in focus.

Michele said...

Gosh... did you ever get a lot of good shots of these birds... that's just crazy! Amazing!
We just don't get those around the mountains here!! Very interesting to see your work! Loved it.
~Michele J~
Mountain Retreat

nonizamboni said...

The word buzzard always conjures up so many negative emotions--but these photos prove they are amazing and lovely birds. Thanks for sharing a great capture.
Happy weekend!

Bradley Myers said...

A great series of photos for sky watch.

Deborah Godin said...

These are one of my fovorite birds! Nice cpautres. Love the pale hexagon in the sky, too, looks like some mystical new planet!

HFD60 said...

Wow that's alot of buzzard's, great capture...

Luiz Ramos said...

Great shots and report.

Lisa said...

Cool. I enjoyed these, that is alot of buzzards in one place at one time.
Thanks for stopping by.

don said...

A beautiful action series of these birds. Isn't it interesting how many forms and shapes their wings can create. Nice shooting.

Gail's Man said...

Looks like you're the Hitchcock of SWF this week Rose. How's your memory? Have you remembered what you were going to say about my photo?

D said...

We used to call buzzards "country airplanes," then we'd say, "give me a nickel and I won't tell them where you are." 'cause you know they were looking for something dead and stinkin'
thanks for evoking a memory and a smile!
Thanks too for your visit and comments on my blog! :)

John said...

what an amazing set of photos!

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