A rabbit hit by a car attracted a group of Black Vultures to dine on the carcass for breakfast. One of the Black Vultures ignored the temptation of a meal and, instead, warmed itself in the rays of the rising Sun over the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.
Another leftover image from last weekend’s visit to the Stick Marsh. As the blue sky covered over with clouds ahead of the impending rain this Black Vulture came swooping by on a very close approach. For more, see Stick Marsh Action in Two Parts – Part One and Part Two.
Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures have been visiting me at work the past few mornings at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). My view out the office window is of these lovely birds—and I mean that genuinely—relaxing up in the trees or atop the poles around the parking lot. The real fun is when they fly onto the roof, landing with a loud thud, then walking around with a clomping sound that leaves me looking amusingly up at the ceiling […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Audubon House, Black Vulture, Cathartes aura, Coragyps atratus, Florida, Indian River County, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Pelican Island Audubon Society, Turkey Vulture, Vero Beach, Vulture
Black Vultures enjoy the morning atop light poles lining the Crawlerway at Kennedy Space Center. A view of one of the Crawler-Transporters with a Shuttle-era Mobile Launcher Platform upon its back waits patiently in the storage yard to be of use again one day. All these photos were taken from the Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry, which put one at Vulture-level on the lights. The Crawlerway turns toward the distant Launch Complex 39B. A former Apollo-Saturn and Space Shuttle launch […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Black Vulture, Coragyps atratus, Crawler, Crawler-Transporter, Crawlerway, Kennedy Space Center, KSC, Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry, Launch Complex 39B, LC39B, NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, SLS, Space Launch System
Photos from the FMEL-ORCA conservation stewardship class walk through the overgrown South ORCA scrub on Saturday afternoon, 7 February 2015. I did not hold out much hope of seeing birds, which kept the class focus on the plants, but was happily surprised to see this Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus [Coragyps, “raven vulture” in Greek; stratus, dressed for mourning]) perched atop a dead tree trunk. Note the gaping hole in the trunk, most likely caused by a Woodpecker cavity rotting out. […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Bald Eagle, Black Vulture, Cathartes aura, Coragyps atratus, Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, FMEL, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, Indian River County, Indian River Lagoon, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Oslo Road, South ORCA, Turkey Vulture