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Featured in Altered by Design January 16, 2010.
Featured in #1 Artists of RedBubble January 13, 2009.
Featured in Around The World January 12, 2009.

A common sight in rural Maryland, USA, is the turkey buzzard also known as the turkey vulture. Although when first seen chowing down by the side of the road the sight of them can be a bit of a jolt, having lived in this area for a couple of decades now, I respect the clean-up work they perform for us.

This is a compilation of several images. Both the original landscape and the buzzard were shot with the Nikon D300, the landscape with the Nikon 18-200mm vr with the UV filter in rural Howard county near Jennings Chapel Road (sorry, I get a bit lost sometimes so can’t be precise) and the buzzard with the Nikon 70-300mm vr lens and UV filter at Conowingo Dam. The texture is courtesy of CG Textures.

“The Turkey Vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. It finds its meals using its keen vision and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gasses produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals. In flight, it uses thermals to move through the air, flapping its wings infrequently. It roosts in large community groups. Lacking a syrinx—the vocal organ of birds—its only vocalizations are grunts or low hisses. It nests in caves, hollow trees, or thickets, each year generally raising two chicks, which it feeds by regurgitation. It has very few natural predators. In the United States of America, the vulture receives legal protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.”
Info courtesy of Wikipedia.

Also available buzzard-free … lol

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  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 5 years ago

    Love this Lois, such a beautiful piece. love the texture..We have these turkey vultures here in Michigan and they are a bit scary flew at my car once and thankfully my son didn’t have his window down or I swear it would have came right inside the scared the living daylights out of sick sense of humor, I had to pull off the side of the road I was laughing so hard..

  • Kim … i’m laughing myself silly at your story!!!!!! OOOO toooo funny!!! These things really are a hoot. Every so often they’ll pick a house to roost on … at least I guess that’s what you’d call it. It’s a bit of a horror if it happens to be your house. Imagine driving home to find a dozen or so of these giant things calmly glaring back down at you from the roofline of your beloved home sweet home!!!!!! LOL!!!! Well … I’m glad you had your windows up … I can just see you pulling over to laugh!!!!! SOOO funny!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • VonMcKnelly
    VonMcKnellyabout 5 years ago

    Holy mac and cheese! It’s a dream, a fantasy land dream….that’s the ticket!
    I can smell the country fresh air from here…scratch and sniff you see. :-}}

  • SOOO weird you should call it a dream … I had a flying dream the other night and I have been walking on air ever since!!!! I don’t know if the dream spawned this one or not … but I’ve had it sitting, buzzard-less, in the computer since the fall. So glad you enjoyed it!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...about 5 years ago

    That is just Awesome Lois!! absolutely beautiful capture!!well done!

  • Hi Edyta!!!! Thank you so much … so happy you liked this one … the day I shot the landscape was so gorgeous … I got several good snaps out of that trip!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • elisab
    elisababout 5 years ago

    Very nice shot(s). Love the texture. I was born and raised on a farm and never saw a turkey vultrue until I was in my 50s!! They certainly are something.

  • Hey sweetie!!!!! Thank you!!!!! You know, I wasn’t raised on a farm, but I spent a LOT of time on them at my grandparents’ and with my aunts and uncles … and I don’t really remember them either until we moved out here. I think what happens is this area used to be VERY rural but is becoming more suburban-ized now. With that, there’s a lot more traffic and the woods-critters are being … er … well … they are being met with untimely ends (?) on the roadways … hence all the buzzards. I guess.

    – Lois Bryan

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 5 years ago

    fantastic Lois. We have turkeys around our area and they are a beautiful bird (in weird sort of way) Great work with putting together all the various photos

  • Hey Dave!!!!!!! Thank you!!!! I think the way the light hits those feathers is pretty amazing … if you can get past their ugly mugs, lol!!!! And the way they leer at you from the roof of your house. Well. Not MY house, thank heavens. LOL!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Christina Backus
    Christina Backusabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful effect! I can’t do all of that stuff but really appreciate what you have done and achieved. A beautiful result.

  • Hi Christina!!!!! Thank you so much!!! Hey, if you like this kind of stuff .. don’t give up!!! I couldn’t do it either not too long ago!!! Type in “tutorials” up here on the RB search thingie … you’ll be AMAZED what you can find!!! And it’s all SUCH fun!!!!!!! Go for it!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • Christina Backus
    Christina Backusabout 5 years ago

    Thanks Lois – I will try! I’ve had some lessons and also have CS3 but so far can only do pretty basic stuff. I will persevere!

  • Good!!!! It’s FUN!!!!!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • triciamary
    triciamaryabout 5 years ago

    Wow!! I love them both! I really admire how you’ve blended these separate images so well with this amazing texture. Great job!

  • Thank you, thank you!!!!!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • MaluC
    MaluCabout 5 years ago

    Woww Lois this is stunning, excellent editing :)

  • Malu … thank you so very much!!!!! I did have a bit of fun with this one!!!

    – Lois Bryan

  • gcampbell
    gcampbellabout 5 years ago


  • hey Gary … thank you so much!!!

    – Lois Bryan

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