Voracious Vulture / Un Rapaz Rapaz

La versión español está después de la versión inglés.

I SNAPPED 446 photos during our day on the mountain (the cablecar, the fog, and the birds of prey). Once home, I deleted 102 photos. On closer inspection, I cropped and edited 28. And I promise you won’t have to see even that many. However, I’m going to split what’s left over a day or two (or maybe three). The bird show was excellent, educational, and entertaining. The lead trainer explained everything in detail, first in Spanish and then in English, while working with several different large birds of prey. His audience was shivering, so he moved through it all more quickly than usual, which left him out of breath a couple of times. Some of the show left me gasping for air, too.


HICÉ 446 FOTOS durante nuestro día en la montaña (el teleférico, la niebla y las aves rapaz). Una vez en casa, borré 102 fotos. En una inspección más cercana, recorté y edité 28. Y le prometo que no tendrá que ver ni siquiera eso. Sin embargo, voy a dividir lo que queda un día o dos (o tal vez tres). El espectáculo de aves era excelente, educativo, y entretenido. El entrenador principal explicó todo en detalle, primero en español y luego en inglés, mientras trabajaba con diferentes aves rapaces grandes. Su audiencia estaba temblando, por lo que se movió a través de todo más rápido de lo habitual, lo que lo dejó sin aliento un par de veces. Parte del espectáculo también me dejó sin aliento.

(Below) Why a vulture has no neck feathers: So he can reach deep inside a carcass.
(Abajo) La razón por lo cual un buitre no tiene plumas en el cuelo: Para que pueda llegar a lo más profundo de un cadáver.
That’s what the man gets for sitting so close to a scavenger (and obstructing my view).
Eso es lo que obtiene el hombre por sentarse tan cerca a un carroñero c(y obstruir mi vista).

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

31 thoughts on “Voracious Vulture / Un Rapaz Rapaz”

  1. Mother Nature is amazing.
    Your photos are wonderful minus the man in front post more please.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. Never knew vultures are so beautiful! Too bad they don’t have another name.
    Magnificent photos, Mitch.
    Sir…..may we please have some more?

    1. Jim:
      That’s a Griffon Vulture, which is an Old World vulture and much more beautiful than the turkey vultures I used to always see in the States… especially since I have a memory of one feasting on roadkill on our country road in Connecticut. NOT a pretty sight… although gratifying.

  3. I’ve always thought that vultures were fascinating. Such ugly faces and necks on top of magnificent bodies, wings and feathers! The no feathers on neck thing is interesting. Everything has a purpose I guess. The picture with the man’s head in the way is hilarious! It looks like the bird has shoved its head in the man’s face 🙂

    1. Deedles:
      That man’s head kept getting in the way of my shots, so I cracked up when i saw that shot. Apropos. I think this Griffon’s Vulture is more beautiful than many other types of vultures I’ve seen.

      1. My first thought: well, that’s comparing the vomit of someone who ate colorful jelly beans to one who had a Brussels sprout and kale smoothie! Then I looked again. This one is indeed beautiful 🙂

      2. Deedles:
        Oh come on. Everyone knows jellybean vomit is beautiful while Brussels sprouts/kale vomit is not.

      3. The point being, it’s still puke! This particular vulture (are vultures and buzzards the same thing?) is a lot less pukey than others I’ve known.

      4. Deedles:
        Oh, I got the point. And in response to your questions about buzzards and vultures, I looked it up. I always thought they were the same thing, but apparently they’re not (and apparently Americans are the most apt to assume they’re the same). Buzzards are in the Buteo family like Hawks, and they don’t have the naked necks that Vultures have. Also buzzards (like the Red-tailed Hawk) normally kill their own food, while vultures are almost exclusively scavengers. Fascinating, isn’t it? And I don’t really think jellybean vomit is beautiful… not that I’ve ever seen jellybean vomit… although I HAVE seen Cocoa Puffs vomit… and that is NOT pretty.

      5. Of course you got the point, sweet knees! I’m just picking a “fight”. This must be what having a brother is like 🙂 It’s fun! See how I also got you to explain the difference’s between the birds? It is very fascinating, and I didn’t have to do the googling work! Have a good weekend, doll face.

  4. Only 446 photos? That’s it?

    Vultures are generally birds I don’t like. They tend to be hideous looking, although they are good for the environment eating up carrion. This variety is one of the prettier I have seen.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I agree with you about vultures and about this variety (Griffon’s Vulture), as well. I find these are actually beautiful, but usually don’t feel that way about other vultures. And, yes, they are great for the environment.

  5. I kind of go the other way. I like the turkey vultures better than the griffons. I’m rather a New World vulture fan, I guess. I think New World vultures are called “buzzards” because the early settlers equated them with bustards, which I think are smallish hawks. Anyway, I was glad for the tip from anne marie, because that first photo is fabulous!

    1. anne johnson:
      Thanks so much. The fog made for magical images. Fascinating tidbit about the bustards. I vaguely remember that. I always loved seeing the turkey vultures soaring above.

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