Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ruby Tuesday-Not the Prettiest Bird on the Planet



The Turkey Vulture is obviously not the prettiest of our feathered friends. But he/she does serve a purpose in the circle of life. We often have these as patients at the wildlife hospital where I volunteer. I took these pictures on a trip to the Everglades last year.




OK, I know you are all busy checking out everyone's Ruby Tuesday but take the time to bookmark me and drop back to check out my blog. I am a retired Special Ed teacher who now spends most of her time on Sanibel Island, Florida which is a Sanctuary Island for wildlife. I volunteer for a wildlife hospital. I am also the proud grandma of 5 wonderful grandkids and brag about them often!! I also have a blog called Branches and Roots where I talk about genealogy and my ancestors. OK, enough about me. So if you really want to see red go to Work of the Poet

13 comments:

Jess said...

That is an intersting bird. It looks like it has no feathers on it's head.

Stace said...

My Father loved vultures...I'm not sure why exactly LOL. He even painted a couple of cartoon vultures on the back of our van (on the spare tire cover) when we lived in Florida with some saying that I can't quite remember...:-P I think they're kinda creepy looking...but I understand their purpose.

Dianne said...

I think they're beautiful in their own ugly way :)

Gayle said...

Yep, she's not winning any beauty contests! They look so awkward when they move.

ellen b said...

Hello Snowbird,
Pretty no, but very interesting indeed! Happy New Year to you!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I saw one eating something in the road and it scared the crap out of me.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Ewwww! See those birds all the time circling over the downtown Tampa bank buildings.Sign of the times?

gail said...

Is it true that they vomit some ultra smelly stuff to chase off other birds that want their food? I saw a couple on the lighthouse beach once with a big fish carcass, and it was fascinating to watch them from a distance. But they are kind of threatening.

Norm said...

great capture of the bird, beautiful..happy new year to you..

ramblingwoods said...

Oh..I love the turkey vultures and we have a couple around once in a while..

MariBy said...

Yup that qualifies (barely) as a Ruby Tuesday post! :D

Happy New Year to you and Mr. Snowbird! :)

happily retired gal said...

How intriguing to see this touch of red on the turkey vultures. I had no clue ... thanks for the edification ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

In My Opinion said...

Well, they may not win a beauty contest, but I wouldn't like to do their job!