Wednesday, June 17, 2009

ABC Wednesday

V is for Vultures.



While on vacation in the Lower Rio-Grande Valley




I saw the Black Vulture
for the first time.





Turkey Vultures are a common sight all over North America.





Crown Vetch grows by the road side.


Variegated Violets grow in my lawn.


The Viceroy butterfly mimics the Monarch.


22 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Oooh- I do love Turkey Vultures!!

(much prettier than Black Vultures)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

EEE! I like the violet and butterfly best! Thanks!

Carol said...

Great photos...I love the first shot...I have not seen a black vulture...your close up of the black vulture is very good... and it make him seem "less ugly"...I really like these birds for some reason and I don't see them too much since I moved to the city...I also didn't know of the viceroy butterfly...I'll have to look it up..great V post...

Roses and Lilacs said...

We have turkey vultures in my area of northern IL. They remind me of a cross between a turkey and an eagle;) I had a pair nest in my deserted loft this spring. Very hard to photograph.

Marnie

Dragonstar said...

A great collection of Vs, well done! I love the silhouette of the vulture in flight - perfect.

On behalf of the ABC Team, many thanks for your participation.

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry.....I love vultures....their wingspan is just magnificent....
Whilst on safari once Mr P and I saw vultures....they were huge.....I just love them....nature's dustbin......

The vetch is lovely....I have put horseshoe vetch in my hanging baskets this year....lovley.

Great ABC Wed.....

Mara said...

I never thought vultures could look so sweet!

Rose said...

Sherry, you always come up with such interesting examples for the week's letter! Great shot of the vulture; I'm not too fond of them, but we have had turkey vultures visit us occasionally. I much prefer the visits of the viceroys:)

Tumblewords: said...

Great V, Q! Your photo renders the vulture almost good looking! I'd forgotten vetch and was pleased to see it again as well as the Monarch-like Viceroy...thanks, as always.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

""V""ery good photos Sherry. I wish I could see a Black Vulture around here. They haven't found their way into our county yet. Maybe some day.

scienceguy288 said...

Verigated, very good. Many nice verigated varieties of plants. that extra bit of color really livens them up.

Cathy said...

Great pictures of teh vultures. I have the turkey ones around my area.

www.thequietone.net

Carol said...

Nice shot of the two vultures.

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Mary said...

I knew Lynne would be excited.

Black Vultures are common here.

I see a Viceroy occasionally - they're much larger than a Monarch, I think...

Mary

ShySongbird said...

What impressive creatures those Turkey Vultures are. I thought you might struggle with V Sherry but I should have known better, so creative!

Marvin said...

Me thinks vultures don't get enough respect, but you did them justice, Sherry. Great shots!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful is all that you share.
Love Jeanne

Judy said...

Your photography is ezquisite as always, Sherry!! I find your bird photos interesting, as you are always looking at them with love and an artist's eye, so there is always so much more in your photos than in the bird books. I like learning with you!

Deb said...

Oh the Turkey Vulture photo is amazing Sherry! What an intelligent and handsome bird.

dAwN said...

V is for Very good!
vivacious vultures very vocal!

Tammie Lee said...

Wonderful images, one and all. I really like the face in the close up of the vulture.

Kelly said...

i just love turkey vultures and all vultures! am i strange or what? i have respect for them because they clean up messes nobody else wants to deal with. plus, they are so ugly, they are CUTE!!!