Good Monday Morning to the World from Rainbow Creek. Are You beginning to Wake Up? Rise and Shine Sunshine, busy week ahead. Sleepy Head- get up.
A life-long daily quote from my Dad:
"Any Day you wake up is a good day, so WAKE UP to have your Good Day!!!!"
I strongly disliked hearing that phrase everyday as a teenager who had to get up to go to school. Funny, now as an old lady, I wish I could hear Dad say it just one more time! And, Yes it is true!
Now I look forward to waking up before dawn just to watch the day come in.
I have winter guests here at the Bird Sanctuary: The Texas Turkey Buzzards.
They sleep in the tall pine trees by the creek in my back yard. They wake up at first light and one by one fly from the Pines to the Buzzard Sun Tree on the next wooded lot. From the window by my bed, I can see them swoop down. I can hear the big graceful wings slowly swoosh by. They have no voice box, so they make no bird noises. My silent black angels flying by my window in the early dawn is quite a site to wake up to!! There are hundreds of them!!
I have the coffee by the kitchen window and can see them land in the Sun Tree. When the coffee is ready, I grab the camera and head out to the road in my pj's. It is very nice to have coffee with my buzzard friends and watch them get ready for the day by cleaning the feathers and watching the sun rise! I realize this is not normal for most humans to see this. I know many think I am a crazy old bird anyway-whatever- it is what it is!!! I did not go out and buy these birds and bring them to my house to live with me. They arrive every year, unannounced and with no phone in reservations! How do You think I feel that they have chosen me??? My Mom got sweet, tiny, precious hummingbirds. I get the biggest, weirdest, carrion-eating giants! People do not like them.
Well, hummingbird or vulture, the message is the same: We (humans) must be good to the birds and help them on their big migrations. Why??
Because my Mom said so and that is good enough for me Your photostudy tonight is: Waking Up with brendasue's buzzards!!! Enjoy!
(Of course, King Buzz is the show off!)
Vulture, any of 22 species of large, carrion-eating birds that live predominantly in the tropics and subtropics. The seven species of New World vultures includecondors, and the 15 Old World species include the lammergeier and griffons. Although many members of the two groups appear similar, they are only distantly related.
New World vultures
The turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) is the most widespread New World vulture, breeding from Canada southward to the southern tip of South America. Northern populations are migratory. They are small brownish black vultures with red heads as adults (dark gray as juveniles) and a wingspan of nearly 2 metres (6.6 feet). They are usually the first to find carcasses, owing to their well-developed sense of smell, but they are more timid than other vultures and retreat while other species feed.
In addition to the California and Andean condors, other notable New World vultures include the black vulture (Coragyps atratus), a New World vulture sometimes called a black buzzard or, inappropriately, a carrion crow. The black vulture, the most abundant vulture species of all, is a resident of the tropics and subtropics that often wanders far into temperate regions. It is a chunky black bird about 60 cm (24 inches) long, with a very short tail, short wings, a bare black head, and a feathered hindneck.
This is King Buzz (left) and Lucy (right). These are the only two I have named. The have been a pair now for about 5 years and they fly together and stay together. They consider me to be one of them (!) so I am allowed to sit with them in the morning and have coffee. They spend a great amount of time on their feathers!
They reason I am photodocumenting this couple ( for 5 years) is they are the odd couple. They are not suppose to be a couple. They are from two different species and not known to interbreed. One is a Turkey Vulture (or buzzard). The other is a Black Vulture (or buzzard). I hope You find them interesting!
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next Time!
I hope You all realize it is a new dawn, it's a new day....Feel Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Of Course, one more great performance!
Michael Bublé -