Texas Turkey Buzzard Pics

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Elroy Willis, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. Elroy Willis

    Elroy Willis Guest

    While driving to the corner store and back this morning, I noticed a
    turkey buzzard/vulture trying to scarf down on a dead armadillo on the
    roadway, and I decided to pull over and take a few snapshots of
    the scene.

    Here are the pics.

    They were taken using a Kodak digital DX6490 which has a 10X digital
    zoom. They could be a lot clearer I think, but I'm just now learning
    all the settings on this new camera.

    http://www.elroysemporium.com/pictures/wildlife/vulture2.jpg
    http://www.elroysemporium.com/pictures/wildlife/vulture3.jpg
    http://www.elroysemporium.com/pictures/wildlife/vulture4.jpg
    http://www.elroysemporium.com/pictures/wildlife/vulture5.jpg

    The buzzard was concentrating on picking at the meat under the
    back left leg of the armadillo. That's probably a tender spot, I
    imagine...

    It didn't seem to mind all the cars driving by, and just kept picking
    away at the armadillo, so I turned around and pulled up next to it and
    started snapping some pictures. It didn't seem to mind me being there
    either, until some jackass started honking his horn at me because I
    was pulled over and stopped in the right lane. He could have just
    silently driven around me, but instead, he honked his horn two or
    three times and the buzzard was scared away by the horn sounds.

    I wonder if the armadillo will be taken away by the city, or by a
    coyote or wild dog, or some other animal, or whether a few more
    vultures might show up to help clean up the road kill...

    Maybe some motorists will intentionally try to run over the armadillo
    and squish it into the pavement, and the ants will finally have their
    chance to clean up the dead body...

    I heard some crows squawking in the background as I was taking the
    pictures, so I'll bet some of them will pick at it too, before it's
    gone...
     
    Elroy Willis, Jun 1, 2005
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    Elroy Willis Guest

    Oops, that should've read 10X "optical" zoom. This camera has a glass
    telescopic lens that goes up to 10X power.
     
    Elroy Willis, Jun 1, 2005
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    You seem to have a bit of an obsession with roadkill. How often do you
    think about this stuff anyway? ;)
     
    Mike Kohary, Jun 2, 2005
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    photo35744 Guest

    You should see a deer road kill, now that's tasty.
     
    photo35744, Jun 2, 2005
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    Elroy Willis Guest

    Actually those are the first photos I've ever taken of roadkill. :)

    I was testing out the zoom on the new camera.
     
    Elroy Willis, Jun 2, 2005
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    dadiOH Guest

    If you run out of subjects, expand to road trash...lots of that.
    Especially in front of my place.

    As an aside, when I was in college I was also working as the
    photographer for the local paper. City editor got all incensed about
    about road trash, wanted pix of same. I sorta set one up with beer cans
    and an empty six pack box. Editor loved it, ran it. The beer company
    hated it (brand name was visible) and pulled all their advertising. Win
    some, lose some...

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    dadiOH, Jun 2, 2005
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