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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Buzzards



When we visit our land in Abilene, Texas, we always pass this deserted farmhouse and I notice it seems to be a hang out for some unsavorily characters.  On our recent trip, I decided it needed further investigation so we stopped and I grabbed my camera and zeroed in on these bad boys!







I was right!! 
 Roof Top Buzzards aka Turkey Vultures! 



I do believe this is the Buzzard Leader or is he the Buzzard King! 
Do Buzzards have leaders or kings? 
But he just has to be in charge since he had the place of honor, the throne, aka the chimney.




Not sure if these guys were posing for me or if they were trying to scare me away.   But slowly one at a time they extended their wings and just froze in that position!  Except the King (or leader), he just surveyed his domain and appeared bored.   I know that a group of buzzards is often called a "committee" so maybe they were conducting a special secret "committee" meeting which I ungraciously interrupted.    I quickly made my apologies and left so they could.... (do whatever buzzards do sitting on a farm house roof). 
 This brings to mind that part in Jungle Book with the four Buzzards sitting on a tree branch and asking in their Liverpool accents "What you wonna do?" "I don't know, what you wonna do?"



See the similarities?










24 comments:

  1. They might have been waiting on you! lol Great pics.

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  2. Omgoodness I LOVE buzzards! They are so Halloween-ish! You really captured some lovely pictures. This looks like a setting for a mystery novel!

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  3. Oh, boy! I would have been so scared to see so many of them! Great pictures!

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  4. They look like they're guarding the place. Creepy!!!

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  5. I'm just amazed that a structure that looks that old is still standing. Great Pics!

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  6. Those are some great shots! I love that they all extended their wings like that! Very Cool!

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  7. Creepy is right! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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  8. Great photos! I don't think I have ever seen a buzzard before, except in the zoo. I am sure we have them in So Nevada, though. The wing span is wide!

    I would love if you shared this post at our Photog Show and Tell linky.
    http://www.whistleandivy.com/2013/06/welcome-back-to-photog-show-and-tell.html

    Have a great evening!

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  9. Birds freak me out when you they are in packs and especially if they are big. Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds scarred me for life.

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  10. LOL ... they were waiting for you to take their picture of course :)

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  11. Stopping by from Thumping Thursday blog hop.

    Those are great pictures.

    I just saw one down the street from me - eating a dead possum - lol

    I forgot about the Jungle book buzzards.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. These things CREEP ME OUT! We have them ALL over in the summertime here...especially when we're in the pool and they're flying above! EEKS!

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  13. They are just waiting for something interesting to happen and we all know what that is! It is kind of creepy but I love the photos!

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  14. Yikes! I used to see those a lot when I was a child, but not so much now.

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  15. They don't look a bit intimidated by your camera. ;)

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  16. Hahaha! Too funny, Evelyn! I didn't realize a flock of buzzards is a committee. That definitely looks like what they were up to.

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  17. Yikes! There is an abandoned, falling in house at the end of my road and the buzzards hang out on top of it too. How do they know to only hang out on that type of house? Maybe they learned it in a committee meeting. I'm just glad the stay there and not at my house!

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  18. Yes, I do see the similarities! On the way to our mountain, we drive past an old dead tree that is always filled with them. It looks like something from a horror movie. I have seen them fly over our fields and they are quite large and intimidating with their wings span of 6 feet or more. I keep one eye out for them whenever we bring our 3 little dogs outside for their walks. They are jut small enough, that they may look like a mid morning snack to those flying buzzards!

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  19. I had no idea a flock of buzzards is called a committee! I love it :-) Great Pics

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  20. Awesome pics! Buzzards are interesting creatures. Sometimes I want to know what they're thinking. LOL! Thanks for sharing your post with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party :)

    Jessica
    The Wondering Brain

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    Judy
    Pursuit Of Functional Home

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  22. Oh wow, I love your post and pictures, I love to see old buildings and wonder their storys :)

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  23. Very cool Evelyn. I am a huge bird watcher and these guys are awesome!

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