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The adventures of Fe & Chris

Feeding Fiona to the vultures

We frequently see great towers of Black and Turkey vultures circling above the hills around Xela. During one of our recent sojourns out of town Fiona was lying still and prone as she photographed a pretty plant at ground level. Meanwhile, higher up, I watched a Turkey vulture fly towards her, checking out her corpse status. Unfortunately she finished her photography, got up and the vulture lost interest. Rather a shame, as it could have resulted in a wonderful photo.



  Fiona wrote @ June 7th, 2007 at 11:52 pm

There wouldn´t be any photos if I was eaten by the vulture, but thanks for your concern! Hrmph!

  Dr Grouse wrote @ June 8th, 2007 at 9:41 am

Well, try again and give Fe the camera to get some close ups.
I think we tried this with another lass called Fe and some other vultures - did not work that well as I recall.
Have you tried feeding the hummers by holding a wee flower in your hands ?

  Keir Beer wrote @ June 8th, 2007 at 9:47 am

I seem to remember that flying a kite at a relatively low level brings them over to have a look. Maybe you could get Fee to lie still while flying a kite?

  Ann & Brian wrote @ June 8th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Dear Christopher! what was the last thing we asked of you? It certainly was not “feed Fi to the birds” was it? You are failing in your duty so early - is it because she can speak spanish better than you? Remember you may need her sooner than you think if you keep getting thrown off busses in the middle of nowhere!
When are we going to see some photos?

  jenny wrote @ June 10th, 2007 at 1:03 am

i think i remeber having a chat with you about looking after my sis and if anything did happen not to mention it where i might see!!!!

  Chris’s Mum & Dad wrote @ June 10th, 2007 at 2:36 pm

To the ornithologists out there - are turkey vultures a species exclusive to South America? We remember photos of them in the Falklands.

Parrots and hummingbirds - they didn’t really need to go so far for exotics, we bought a “Scotsman” in London on Thursday, and found a photo of red sheep on the M.8 near Bathgate - who was responsible for that then?

Hello Keir, Lachlan & Lynn, Graeme aka El/Dr Grouse, and Emma, as well as Christopher and Fiona (he wouldn’t really have let the vultures eat her!)
Margaret & Andrew

  Lachlan wrote @ June 13th, 2007 at 2:15 am

Turkey vultures are found throughout the Americas, from the Falklands (clearly) right up into Canada. Very common in some places and known as buzzards in the States. There are a few closely related species including the black vulture which has a greyish black head rather than the pink head the turkey vultures have. Unrelated to Old World vultures, I think the New World ones are most closely related to storks. They differ from the Old World ones in that they have a sense of smell (not many birds do) and so can locate carrion in woodland and jungle. OW vultures rely on sight, hence why you get big flocks of them all watching each other to se if anyone else spots a snack. Here endeth the lesson.

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