While walking in my neighborhood a couple of days ago, I spotted a very large bird, scavenging something off of the closely cropped lawn.
I immediately pulled out my iPhone and began taking pictures. I would snap one, take a few steps forward, and then take the next.
At some point, the bird began to become nervous at my approach. He picked up his meal and dragged it a few steps away, but he (or she) never flew off. In the end it worked out very well for me, because he ended up dragging the rabbit carcass out of the shadow.
I got very close indeed.
I’m pretty sure this is a Black Vulture. They are evidently common birds (though I haven’t seen many around), and their habitat is expanding. I’m not much of a bird watcher, but it’s nice to document one now and then.
We had a lovely Fourth of July out at my in-law’s homestead. They have a delightful little place with chickens and horses and my almost two year old niece. Unfortunately neither horses nor two year olds mix well with fireworks. Fortunately, cheezombie (on Ravelry) has a yarn version of firecrackers and sparklers. I made a few from odds and ends of (mostly) acrylic, and they were very much appreciated.