31 Jan


Where there’s a carcass, there will be vultures”

~ Malayan Proverb quotes

This writer is certainly no expert in the world of Ciconiiformes so when numerous vultures began spending time atop telephone poles in my neighborhood and apparently stalking an old shed behind a neighbor’s house for the past two weeks, we became concerned.  Just as the quote says, where there’s a carcass, there will be vultures.  That’s kind of true on the world wide web isn’t it.  Never mind that. 

My neighbors and I talked about this and watched them.  As we moved two streets over into our new house we got a view of exactly where they were spending their time.  A shed behind a home on the corner has a piece of sheet metal missing off the top.  We would watch as these creatures sore from the very tall light poles of adjacent soccer field over that property and glide downward landing just atop of the shed and then bounce into the darkness.  We observed 4-5 at a time. 

According to, with 100 times the botulism of a human, the stomach of a vulture can digest meat in advanced stages of decay, a favor to every other creature in the world.  And in today’s society, with all the crime we read about, it would not surprise me if there was a dead body or two in that shed being feasted on by these massive birds.  The problem with this picture was that there was no smell. 

I think I will stop by the police station on my way to the meat market and file a report.


Posted by on January 31, 2009 in Photography


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6 responses to “Vultures

  1. burstmode

    January 31, 2009 at 9:00 am

    This has been the third bird photo post I have seen this morning!! Vultures are amazing creatures. You know, they are very good mothers. The Egyptians venerated them and the vulture appears on the Royal crown as one of the protectors of the Pharoh.

  2. Laura

    January 31, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I’d probably be suspicious, too! We have Turkey Vultures here (we call them Buzzards), and their heads are red, like a turkey’s.

  3. joan

    January 31, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Uugh. You are probably right.

  4. Aafke

    January 31, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Wow, that really seems to be a bit scary! Don’t forget to tell us if there’s really something going on!

  5. truckersjournal

    February 7, 2009 at 9:32 am

    They may provide a service which no other creature will or can do with such efficiency, but I’ve watched them and pretty much – disgusting!

  6. leicalady

    February 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    They are super smart


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