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30 January 2011 @ 05:29 pm
Upon leaving the gym Friday afternoon, I made a detour to toss some cardboard in the recycling dumpster. The moment I turned the corner, I stopped short. There were several enormous black birds sitting on the green metal bins.

Now, it's pretty clear that I have some sort of bond with vultures; I just wasn't expecting to see them up close. A couple of them flew away, only to circle back.

One fellow, though, watched as I pulled out my phone that I might snap a few pictures. He turned, obviously concerned about presenting his good side. I inched forward until I was no more than five or six feet away. By this time, I'd named him Rostislav and determined that we were going to be the best of friends and have all manner of adventures.*


I'm not certain what type of vulture he is, though. I'm getting conflicting images and information from the internet, which is weird because that source of information is never muddied and certainly never wrong. Maybe it's just me. Ah, well.


Not that I'm going to let that interfere with our madcap escapades. It matters not to me whether he's a black vulture or a turkey vulture. He's Rostislav, and he's my partner in awesome... even if he doesn't know it yet.



(credit for pointing this out to me goes to Aldebaran at sheroes; I totally want this as a print and, quite possibly, as an icon)

*I'll keep you posted.
albinomare: beautyalbinomare on January 30th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
He is Awesome!
formerlyfbformerlyfb on January 30th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
I need to introduce you to my friend Anne Johnson of the blog "The Gods are Bored." She is a worshiper of the Great Thunderbird of the NorthEast, also known as the vulture.

Awesome picture!

Kelladyjoust on January 30th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
I think you've linked me to her blog before.

My trusty iPhone camera and I thank you!
formerlyfbformerlyfb on January 31st, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
Oops, sorry if I repeat myself. At least you know that my shilling for my friends goes in all directions.
Cat: cookietomincloset on January 30th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
I saw a gang of those guys in my neighbourhood once - tearing a turkey carcass (like, from the supermarket) to absolute PIECES. Really creepy display of cannibalism.
pheylanpheylan on January 31st, 2011 11:53 pm (UTC)
It's not cannibalism. If they were tearing a vulture carcass to pieces it would be cannibalism. Turkeys and vultures are both birds. Just like cows and humans are both mammals. Doesn't count.
Amanada (rhymes with Canada): rock my worldmandasarah on January 30th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
This reminds me that I need to take my camera to work, because there's a hawk lives near/hunts in the field across the street and he (I'm assuming) is rather frequently perched on top of a light post but my phone doesn't have a zoom and I can never get a good picture of him.
Fjordhopperfjordhopper on January 31st, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
Very cool!!!
Kerry: Doctor Brilliantscreamingdolai on January 31st, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's a turkey vulture, I've never seen one with that coloring. But still, I want you to publish your adventures soon!
pheylanpheylan on January 31st, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC)
Definitely black vulture (down here known as black-headed vulture). Turkey vultures are so named for their red, turkey-like heads. They also have HUGE nostrils and can literally smell dead meat when they are flying way up in the air. Black vultures hunt by sight.