“Before the Scavenge”
The abyss is an ecosystem.
Oil pastel and acrylic on canvas.
For months now, we’ve had these freakin’ ginormous black birds (Paul says they are turkey buzzards) hanging around the trees above our house and our neighborhood. Today they are down by the pond. I’m amazed everytime I see them since they are just so huge - they are actually kind of scary looking! Missed the opportunity for a photo but one day I saw one of the feral cats, a white one, sitting in the middle of a flock of them. I was a little worried he might be seen as “dinner” but Paul claims they are scavengers and will only go after dead animals. I hope he’s right!
You, looking at me? Turkey Vulture giving me the eye.
Wondering when his dining companions will arrive.
Turkey Vulture sunning himself. 😎 They apparently do this as the sun comes out to raise their body temperature. However, I also noted he stood with wings tucked in until he spotted me taking photos and then he stretched his wings for quite some time. He was either posing for the paparazzi, or it was a show of dominance to say, ‘yeah, I’m not above coming down there and pecking your eyes out’.
It's Turkey Week! This is my favorite kind of non-eat-able turkey: the Turkey Buzzard. Also known as the Turkey Vulture, its bald head and dark plumage resemble those of the male wild turkey, hence the first part of its name. With a wingspan of over six feet, the turkey buzzard is perfectly adapted to ride thermal air currents. It can survive in almost any climate, and the world population is estimated at over four and one-half million individuals. The turkey buzzard is nature's garbage collector, disposing of carrion or road kill which would otherwise be a breeding ground for disease. Let's all give thanks for the turkey buzzard!
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A Floridian bird. No idea what flavour. Turkey Buzzard? I wonder if they’d trade places for a day or so.