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Apr 15, 2012 21:36 |  #1

On the road back to Baltimore (where the airport is) from Annapolis I saw a
Black-faced Vulture standing on the lawn. I told the wife, heh I haven't
gotten on of those yet, so I made a U-turn at the next intersection and drove
back to the sighting. After parking and walking towards the bird, I saw
several others dinning on a fresh kill. There was over a dozen vultures around
one deer. As I took some photos, a fight started. Got to see some great
action. After the fight was settled, I look around and noticed another dead
deer about 100 yards away with another dozen or so vultures hanging around.
At first I had thought the first deer was a road kill and the vultures had found
it. But the second deer was away from the highway, and didn't show signs of
a car strike. Instead it had it's eyes gouged out and it's throat opened. After
getting to the hotel, I did some checking up on Black-faced Vultures and found
they have a reputation as predators of large mammals, especially deer, sheep
and even cows. I guess you learn something new every day.

The lookout (watch me as I took photos of the others

IMAGE: http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120414-Ritchie-Hwy/0414-083520-02.jpg

Another member joining the feast
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Family fight at the dinner table?
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Bowing to the head of the table?
IMAGE: http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120414-Ritchie-Hwy/0414-083443-01.jpg

Checking me out
IMAGE: http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120414-Ritchie-Hwy/0414-084015-01.jpg

Just call me Igor
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Vulture tree
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One of the victims (not for the queasy)
http://birds.jorj7.com …lides/0414-133821-02.html (external link)

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Apr 16, 2012 13:51 |  #2

Very interesting series George and well photographed too. I guess birds are a bit like people, takes all sorts to make a world.




  
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Apr 16, 2012 15:24 |  #3

Thanks Mark. Black-faced vultures are supposed to be a very smart pack hunter. Probably like
the wolfs of the bird world. They don't have a good sense of smell like the Turkey Vulture, so
need to see their dead food, follow Turkey Vultures, or kill their own food. Seems to be a big
problem for farmers in some parts of the country.


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Apr 16, 2012 18:34 |  #4

very nice, really like that "checking me out" shot




  
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Apr 16, 2012 21:13 |  #5

Great photo story George. Nicely done. They are so much better looking than Turkey Vultures.


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Apr 16, 2012 21:58 |  #6

Terrific shots and enjoyed the story as well..the first and second last images get most of my attention.


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Apr 17, 2012 14:02 |  #7

neat series, George




  
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Apr 18, 2012 10:34 as a reply to  @ dgraham329's post |  #8

Interesting story George and I'm glad you were able to bring it to us.
It must have been fascinating have the opportunity to watch and photograph the interaction around the carcass; and I never would have thought of any vulture as truly predatory. Learning something new all the time!
I really like the 2 portrait captures too. Of those 2, I think the 2nd one (next to last) perched in the tree is my favorite.


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Apr 20, 2012 16:52 |  #9

Thanks rick, Diamond, Gary, Dean, and Steve. It was an interesting experience.


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Apr 20, 2012 17:00 |  #10

Those shots are so good I could swear I smell rotting flesh.
Seriously, either something began to smell right here at my desk, or my mind is playing tricks on me..

It seems to be fading... I think some of those shots are excellent!


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