We went to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and the weather was perfect after 5 days of heavy rain. So glad that we completed early this year all the Water Control Projects; what a blessing for never having to worry again!
Christmas day was so LOVELY and SUNNY that we went for a walk!
Coming back we spotted about NINE Turkey Vultures, up in tall trees near the creek across from our property. So I investigated and found an entire RACK OF RIBS alongside the road across from our home. Did the neighbors drop it from their shopping bag? But it was naked...
So those huge Turkey Vultures were having a yummy Christmas Dinner!
So quickly Pieter grabbed our Nikon camera and attached the 200 mm lens to capture these images for you...
Size: Length: 64 - 81 cm according to the website's link above (just click it).
Or for US standard: 2 1/2 feet length with a 6 foot wingspan or 1.83 m!
Photos are heavily cropped and Pieter zoomed in from our driveway, without tripod...
How in the world could an entire rack of ribs end up alongside the road?
This Turkey Vulture LOVES it!
All her hair upright and a very bushy tail! All her hair spiked up to look BIGGER!
Looking at me like asking: Mom do I have your back?!
Sure you do Spunky-girl!
Good for not having ANY traffic on Christmas Day in the afternoon...
He too walks across the street towards those Turkey Vultures...
Both of us never have seen Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) from that close!
But this was quite a Christmas Adventure!
I've learned that our Furbabies understood far better than their human parents that these mighty birds ONLY attack carion and not live animals.
I thought they acted very BRAVE!
That was our unusual Christmas afternoon adventure with the Furbabies after we got home from a walk...
Next morning, the entire rack of ribs was gone!
We did not let our Furbabies eat from the greasy meat and luckily they stayed inside with us.