mercredi 25 juillet 2012

Avez-vous vu l'urubu?

À la fin du mois de juin dernier, j'ai eu la chance de photographier un urubu à tête rouge qui chassait avec ses comparses dans le champ de mon voisin situé en face de chez moi.

L'urubu à tête rouge est un charognard; il se nourrit donc d'animaux morts. Il a presque la taille de l'aigle (envergure de 1,8m.). Il a l'habitude de planer avec les ailes un peu relevées comme un "V" très ouvert. Cet oiseau correspond écologiquement aux vautours de l'Ancien-Monde. Les adultes ont la tête rouge et nue mais celle des jeunes est noirâtre. En vol, on peut voir que son plumage noir est plus clair aux abords et de couleur grisâtre.

Comme les vaches donnaient naissance à leurs petits veaux, un d'entre eux était si faible que les urubus l'ont probablement pris pour mort...

Heureusement, il ne l'était pas! Il était seulement un peu fatigué d'être né...

Voici les photos que j'ai pu prendre à cette occasion.




Urubu à tête rouge/Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura

Et vous, vous l'avez vu l'urubu???


34 commentaires:

  1. Wow how exited you must have been when you spoted this large bird. Fantastic captured. And great he did not eat the calf.
    Have a beautiful day Louise

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    1. Thank you Marijke. I was excited and glad I could be there to take these shots!

      Have a nice evening!
      Louise

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  2. Hi Louise,

    What a bird!!! I'd never heard of him but he looks, what's the best word, "strange" I think. It is good that you put the English translation of his name, that makes sense. Well, he can't help I think he's ugly but he sure impressed me.
    And the cows and their little ones are looking really innocent. You were at a nice and peaceful place.

    Marianne

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    1. Thank you Marianne. I've just added some more informations about this bird. You are right, it is not very nice but it is very impressive! It's a kind of vulture and they are not usually beautiful... :)

      I was happy to take some pictures of it. We see them often but rarely on the ground.

      Louise

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  3. Bonjour Louise. Une autre belle chronique. Par ici aussi sur la côte de Beaupré, il commence à y avoir des urubus. Ils sont de plus en plus communs! Bel été à toi!

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    1. Merci Michèle! Un bel été à toi aussi! :)

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  4. Hello Louise,
    What a great observation you had!
    What a huge bird and what a strange appearance.
    I want to believe you're quite happy that you
    could take this nice pictures.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Greetings from Holland
    Natuurkieker Coby

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  5. Thank you Coby. Although the pictures I took are note perfect (too far), I am happy with them because it doesn't happen often that these birds come as near.

    Greetings,
    Louise

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  6. The turkey is a really cool bird! So great to see! :)

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    1. Hi Suzanne,

      Thank you for your comments. This bird is not a turkey, it's a vulture (a Turkey Vulture). It can eat a dead turkey if there is one... :)

      Have a nice evening,
      Louise

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  7. Ale udało Ci się go sfotografować, brawo! Ale spotkanie, dobrze, że spokojnie pozował do zdjęć.
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie, dużo słońca życzę :)

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    1. Thank you Talibra and I wish you the same, lots of sunshine!

      Greetings, Louise

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  8. Whow louise, what an exciting meeting will that have been. This is a giant bird and a bit ugly too.
    Very nice that you were in the possibility to take pictures of him.
    Greetings from Gonnie

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    1. Hello Gonnie,
      Yes it was a nice meeting. Too bad the pictures are not perfectly clear...

      It is ugly but very majestic in flight...

      Thanks and have a great weekend!
      Greetings, Louise

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  9. Hi Louise...I see the Turkey Vulture's just about every day,but never have been anywhere near them when they are on the ground to get a photo...good for you good ones!!
    One good thing is they clean up all the dead animals and such!!
    Love the little calf's especially the sleepy little on just barely visible, so cute : }
    Grace

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    1. Thank you Grace. Yes, in the nature, everything is taken care of, if I can say...

      Have a nice evening,
      Louise

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  10. Jeez Louise,

    that you have these vultures fly there. Here in the Netherlands see these birds, but they are beautiful to see. You also have a nice little post shooting.

    Kind regards, Helma

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    1. Thank you Helma for these nice comments.
      Greetings,
      Louise

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  11. Though Turkey Vultures are not the most attractive bird, they really are quite fascinating. We see them circling quite often above our country acreage. Your photographs are wonderful! How fortunate you were to be able to get such great close-ups. I'm so glad the sweet little calf survived.

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  12. Thank you Julie! Yes they are fascinating birds. I was glad too for the calf...

    Have a nice weekend,
    Louise

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  13. This I haven't seen before, a lot of fun to see new species. Well observed and well captured.

    Ottar

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  14. Thank you Ottar!

    Yes, it is always nice to see new species and you show us a lot of them! :)

    Have a nice weekend,
    Louise

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  15. Welcome.
    I am delighted with your blog.
    The photos are excellent.
    Lucy-Maria

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    1. Thank you Lucy-Maria! I will go see your blog too. :)

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  16. Great shots Louisa.... the last one i love the most.

    Greetings, Joop

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  17. Great series, I like the pictures of the large bird, i've never seen this bird in The Netherlands. And I like cows , so the last pictures is my favorite.
    gr.Ghita

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  18. Hello Louisa
    Great shot from that special bird.
    Greetings Bets

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  19. Voir un vautour dans la nature est quelque chose d'incroyable. J'ai encore de lui faire une photographie est une vraie réussite.

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    1. Merci beaucoup Tojav et bienvenue sur mon blogue! :)

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  20. Hello Louise,
    Great that you've seen that amazing bird!!
    Nice shots!!

    Greetings, Marco

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    1. Thank you Marco! It is very impressive.

      Greetings, Louise

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