Views: 355 as of 10-30-12 – original photo taken with a Kodak EZS 915ZMax

This is a compilation of a few photos I shot one day of our local buzzard tree. For a year or so these birds have been roosting in 2 large eucalyptus trees on one of our main streets in the community of Canyon Lake, CA, USA. The trees are in someone’s front yard which is probably quite messy. I sat across the street one late afternoon just photographing these birds coming in to roost for the night. They are quite amazing… a bit ugly but very cool to watch.

The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) is a bird found throughout most of the Americas. It is also known in some North American regions as the turkey buzzard (or just buzzard), and in some areas of the Caribbean as the John crow or carrion crow.2 One of three species in the genus Cathartes, in the family Cathartidae, the Turkey Vulture is the most widespread of the New World vultures,3 ranging from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts.1

It, like all new world “vultures”, is not a “true vulture” in the sense of being related to the Old World vultures of Europe, Africa, and Asia. It looks nearly identical because of convergent evolution, where natural selection similarly shapes unrelated animals adapting to the same conditions.

The Turkey Vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion.4 It finds its food using its keen eyes and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gasses produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals.4 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.5 It nests in caves, hollow trees, or thickets. Each year it generally raises two chicks, which it feeds by regurgitation.6 It has very few natural predators.7 In the United States of America, the vulture receives legal protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Info from Wikipedia

All my own original photos shot with a Kodak EZS 990Max. Post-processed in PSCS2 & DAP.

Hello, I am Rhonda aka RestLeSsD & I am a graphic & web designer. My main media is Photoshop & Dreamweaver. I create 3D art & images using Fractals from Incendia & Apophysis. I use these in my creations formed in PS. I also use Picture Window Pro and Paint Shop Pro.
I am also a poet & I have been writing since I was about 10 years old. Since being here on the Bubble I have fulfilled my goal of illustrating my poetry & writing as well as writing new works…

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Awesome work.

  • Thanks so much Julie… I could sit & watch these birds for hours… :O)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent work Rhonda!!

  • Thank you Carol… What a great thing to say :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Rhonda

  • Thank you so much Chris!

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Roger Sampson
    Roger Sampsonalmost 3 years ago

    Rhonda, all I can say is I sure am glad it’s not a tree in my front yard where they have taken to roost!!!! Like you said… the mess!!! Like the processing you did with this pic… looks like a painted canvas. Very nice my friend :)


  • Oh yes Roger, I say that every time I pass by that house. The people must be very tolerant… there are sometimes up to about 15 or so birds in the 2 trees. . . Crazy, not sure I would enjoy that too much.
    Thank you :o) Glad you like how it turned out. The trees were a bit dark so I thought the painterly effect brought the colors out nicely. AND, the clouds are real. I appreciate your lovely comments very much…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Beautifully done Rhonda.

  • Thanks so much Bunny!!

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 3 years ago

    Excellent Rhonda!! :)

  • Thank you, such a fun one to create…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago

    MARCH 21st, 2012
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  • Woo hoo!!! This is awesome!!! I am so honored.. Thank you Mary!!!

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Johanna26
    Johanna26almost 3 years ago

    Wonderful work and processing …Rhonda

  • Thank you Johanna… I just love watching these birds come in for the evening to roost… :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • tinypaws
    tinypawsover 2 years ago

    Amazing work!!Really like the effect created.well done.;0))

  • Thank you so much… (sorry for the late reply :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • latebloomflower
    latebloomflowerover 2 years ago

    First heard of these creatures when I moved to the “country” in Richmond, MI. My neighbors told me to watch out for Turkey Buzzards as I had a new puppy and it might look like food. I thought it was backwoods humor – flannel shirts, guns and muddy boots for imagery. I never believed them but still kept my puppy close along with the bunnies. Love your work Rhonda. You are inspiring.

  • That was probably a good idea… although, as far as my research goes these guys usually only go for things already dead. But, there are still owls & coyotes that love to catch & kill their own prey so I’m glad you kept your animals safe.
    Thank you for your lovely complements…. that makes me smile BIG…

    – Rhonda Strickland

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