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Hedgerowe 11-15-2009 03:36 PM

Odd water birds
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Came across this scene today. I have never seen vultures wading around in the water before. Also thought it was time to give them credit where it is due, they do an important job that not many other birds are willing to do.
Attachment 11330Attachment 11331Attachment 11332 Also, it made me think of swimming turkeys.

biigblueyes 11-15-2009 04:00 PM

It's the weekend - maybe it was Bath Day.

Hedgerowe 11-15-2009 04:09 PM

From what I have read about how vultures try to stay cool, their legs could use a bath.

Sage 11-16-2009 09:14 PM

So cute!

Equilibrium 11-17-2009 01:00 AM

I've never seen any in water but... I did see one in my birdbath once. His toes were in the water and his wings were fully extended in what I call "bleach mode". Goofiest looking sight I'd ever seen. Get the visual of a crow sitting on your pinkie with his wings spread now think of a vulture in "bleach mode" on a 3' birdbath with an inch of water in the bowl. Cool photos Sage.

Hedgerowe 11-17-2009 05:09 AM

Ahem...Hedgerowe's photos of the weird water-vultures. Sage has the wonderful photos of amazing raptors. Hedgerowe has the odd vultures having a play date ("Hey! I know! Let's go out and pretend that we're ducks today!" "Oh, that would be so cool. No one will guess that it's us--let's go!")

biigblueyes 11-17-2009 08:07 AM

The vultures know thanksgiving is coming up, and wanted to make sure everyone knew they're NOT turkeys, so they decided to act like ducks. Little did they know that we now know that turkeys swim too. . . . Roast vulture for thanksgiving, anyone?

Sage 11-17-2009 12:03 PM

biigblueyes, :roll

gnomenative 11-18-2009 09:37 AM

They are in the stork family and legs are vital in keeping cool. I have never seen anything like this before though. Often they poop on their own legs to cool off. They also throw up their dinner (remember what they eat) as a defense. It is pretty effective. I always dreaded working with injured ones at the raptor center.

biigblueyes 11-18-2009 10:02 AM

Tip to raptor centers - don't put the newbies handling the vultures, or you won't get repeat volunteers. . .

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