A Stunning Redhead

When I say redhead with brown eyes and a beautiful body – you imagine a turkey vulture right? I thought so!

I had to go all the way to California to find this beauty. That stunning face really stands out against the coastal fog. I like her choice of a black scarf to contrast that lovely skin. And then there’s those frosted tip feathers that just never seem to end.

She’s just gorgeous.

 

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I think I like this photo the best – showing off those gorgeous feathers.

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I wonder if playing dead would have got me a closer shot. I must try that next time!

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  1. hannele says:

    Indeed, an absolutely stunning creature! I also like the photos best where it’s showing off it’s feathers – for that reason, of course, but also because of the lines in the picture and the look it’s giving the camera. Thanks for sharing pictures of all these interesting birds that I’ve never seen.

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  2. Ellada Valerie says:

    Amazing !!!! This bird must be really big !!!!!!

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. The bird is big which makes its wingspan a thing of beauty. I will have to say though that it is an unusual beauty but maybe that’s what attracts me.

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  3. Gunta says:

    I think you’d have to work on your “aroma”. It’s said they can sniff dead stuff from miles away… 😉 But if I were to go to all that trouble, I think I’d shoot for the California Condor. Bigger, better (might still be on the endangered list, though they’re making a come back at Big Sur thanks to a lot of work by dedicated conservationists.)

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      First I didn’t think of multiple parties “attending” to me and then I forgot about he aroma part. I think that plan needs more work!

      I just did some checking on the condors and, as usual, you’re right. Those look like amazing birds. I’ll have to keep my eye out for them next time though, given their size, that might not be an issue.

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  4. dweezer19 says:

    And all this time I’ve been envious of your being able to photograph woves, bison, eagles…and the lowly vulture (a clean up god in my personal opinion.) is what has eluded you. Perhaps if you lived more near a city with busy streets and more ill fated small animals….
    Anyway , glad you finally got one. In CR they were my muses, but then one figures prominently in my book. Once I was having writer’s block and the largest vulture I have ever seen lighted on the peak of our little “treehouse” and started scratching until I came out. Once I took a bunch of photos he fleww off with the rest of the gang. Just love em. Congrats! Now, could you convince a moose o take a Florida vacation?

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      That’s funny. It makes perfect sense for moose to be in Florida, I will work on that!

      I knew there was something mystically appealing about the vulture, but curing writer’s block is mighty impressive. It’s funny what eludes us …

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  5. Janes Heartsong says:

    And I thought you were talking about a duck. These are something to watch in flight as they glide on a current of air.Great exposures here.

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  6. dweezer19 says:

    So many of these fellows wherever I happen to live. They were huge in Costa Rica.

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  7. Scott K Marshall says:

    You and I have a different interpretation of “Stunning Redhead”

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  8. Steve Schwartzman says:

    I like your favorite picture the best too. You did an excellent job of catching the bird in flight at an atypical yet attractive angle.

    You may have to go all the way to California, but we have turkey vultures right here in Austin:

    https://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/black-and-grey/

    On other occasions I’ve even found them in my neighborhood.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      We have them around here too I’ve never got within a country mile of them. These guys were much more friendly. Maybe I looked like l was on my last legs! Your photo with the dead tree is a fitting environment.

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  9. Lavinia Ross says:

    That is an impressive turkey vulture! And I’m sure they would like your description. Playing dead might make an interesting series of photos as the bird comes in for a landing… Be careful though, the fellow might recruit help to carry you away! 🙂

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  10. Steve Gingold says:

    In a bizarre way, they are quite beautiful. Our Turkey Vultures are just now starting to return.

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  11. pronghornwildlife2 says:

    All the critters are beautiful, some just take a little time to grow on us. Not many birds fly as sublimly as the vulture. Nice shots.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      You’re right about the acquired taste but once it takes hold, it’s all good. Funny how there’s beauty where we find it though, as you mentioned, there’s a lot to love about their flying ability.

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  12. Pam says:

    I love turkey vultures – she is gorgeous!

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  13. Dick Trew says:

    Hmm… Turkey vultures also live in our home province, Lyle. In fact, while canoeing less than 100 kilometers (about 60 some miles) from our (and your) home community on the South Saskatchewan River, I was treated to the aerial ballet that they can keep up for hours when the thermals are right. You did a wonderful thing in sharing the beauties of the species. Thank you!

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      I actually saw some on the way to Pike Lake but the thermals were right and I needed a telescope to see them and not a camera! Aerial ballet is right – those wings certainly help them soar. It must be quite a view.

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  14. alba10 says:

    I can see the attraction (photographically wise) but they’re not the brawest of birds!

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  15. Jeff Bell says:

    I have always had a thing for redheads but this one is really special.

    Fun Fact: In Florida they eat the rubber off of people’s cars, especially around the seals of the windshields, so they hang dead vultures in the parking lot to scare others away.

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  16. Sue says:

    That’s quite a wing spread. Great photos.

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  17. David says:

    I don’t know, maybe you spent too much time in California. We have turkey vultures in Missouri too but I’ve never thought if them as beautiful; just the opposite. You did show her best light though with your photos, all wonderful shots.

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    • Lyle Krahn says:

      It’s entirely possible I spent too much time in California but I have this strange attraction to larger creatures. When I look for beauty there I find it. I was wondering if I might be flying solo on this one.

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  18. Seenorway says:

    I was perpared for some kind of bird! Even so you took me by surprise this time! ;.-)

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  19. Alison says:

    A true beauty, alright! I love all the details you captured in her feathers!

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