eyes keen, olfactory sharp
we wait and watch...
Chills... well it is very windy here in the mid-west,maybe you heard of the severe weather blowing through?
I hope you had a great week. We had 7 Wednesday Wizards last week!
Lots of wonderful guesses, too. I am happy you are really putting your imaginations to work! As you never know when I will throw in a knuckle-cruncher!
Here is the photo the clue was cropped from:
They were flying all over that day and here it looks like two almost crash landed together, as that is all that showed up after Hubby clicked his camera, lots of wings and really no heads, unless you can find the one hidden by the dead branches they seem to love to sit in.
Did you figure it out?
tho we prefer the title Nature's road-kill collectors...
Please don't call us buzzards or hawks (tho it does sound nicer) we are not birds of prey, but wait until scent of the recently dead slowly arise to the sky.
Then we dive down and tear with our sharp hooked ivory beaks while it is held down with our rather weak feet on the ground.
What are we?
I am a handsome Turkey Vulture!
A Turkey Vulture is awkward on the ground with an ungainly, hopping walk. It requires a great deal of effort to take flight, flapping its wings while pushing off the ground and hopping with its feet. Maybe you have seen this in real life, or as it is comically portrayed in cartoons? He has webbing between his two outside toes, which makes his feet to weak to carry away any treasure he finds.
I was playing with photo effects this week, trying to make them look eerie,
any helpful tips to do it better?
The Turkey Vulture is gregarious and roosts in large community groups, breaking away to forage alone during daylight hours. Groups as large as several hundred vultures have been observed to roost together. They roost on dead, leafless trees; they nests in hollow trees, thickets or even caves. In the instance of caves, it does not enter them except during the breeding season. They generally raise two chicks a year. Although turkey vultures have very few natural predators they are known for their defense mechanism of regurgitating semi-digested meat--which deters most predators due to its putrid smell, that can also sting. (my eyes are burning at the thought of it!) His nostrils are not divided by a septum, but rather are perforated! from the side one can see through the beak, I wonder if that helps his avoid that wretched smell?
turkey vulture photo credit Wikipedia
So who are our perspicacious
Wednesday Wizards this week?
Wednesday Wizards this week?
Last minute Fun facts:
- Because turkey vultures are major consumer of carrion, they play an important role in biodegradation.
- Unlike most birds, they have excellent eyesight and highly developed sense of smell.
- The Turkey Vulture is gentle and non-aggressive.
- A group of vultures is called a "Venue".
- Vulture poop is actually a sanitizer! Their uric acid is so strong (because of the nature of their diets) that it kills bacteria.
- Vultures circling in the air are a "Kettle".
For more Turkey Vulture fun info go to Turkey Vulture Facts.
One last request before I reveal next weeks inkling...
Mr. Linky is below for all who like to play along and visit the other fun Wednesday memes. I so appreciate your comments and guesses. I will return all comment love in kind if you leave me a way to find you.
Now for our haunting innuendo of the week :
Witching you all a Happy Halloween !!
until next time,
keep your eyes aware
and your mind open...