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Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:52 am
by Death Valley Dazed
On a hot Labor Day, 2018 morning five vultures buzz the Death Valley Airport at Furnace Creek avoiding the predatory eye of the Wiley Coyote.


Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:16 pm
by Stincil
Vultures sure get a bad rap. I like seeing them do their thing, whether it's soaring, picking at a carcass, or hanging at the airport.

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:45 pm
by Death Valley Dazed
Stincil wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:16 pm
Vultures sure get a bad rap.
Agreed and I really enjoyed watching them as I approached slowly. I had no idea vultures lives in Death Valley, let alone that they hang out around Furnace Creek until I took a horse trail ride behind Furnace Creek and the guide pointed them out. Here's a video about that experience:


I felt really lucky to see the five vultures on the west side of the airport in the lovely early morning light. I hope to run into them again soon and maybe at other locations in the park.

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:08 am
by Stincil
What a fun ride.

I had a similar experience when a hummingbird showed up in the middle of DV wash down near Ibex Spring. It seemed like an odd place but there must have been a food source somewhere nearby.

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:02 pm
by Death Valley Dazed
Stincil wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:08 am
What a fun ride.

I had a similar experience when a hummingbird showed up in the middle of DV wash down near Ibex Spring. It seemed like an odd place but there must have a food source somewhere nearby.
OMG, hummers in Death Valley. I had no idea. I'll be on the lookout in the future.

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:36 pm
by shane
I’ve seen hummingbirds in both the Owlshead & Cottonwood mountains the last few years.

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:07 pm
by Stincil
Nice. Any idea what they feed on? I will have to look that up.

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:49 pm
by Death Valley Dazed
shane wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:36 pm
I’ve seen hummingbirds in both the Owlshead & Cottonwood mountains the last few years.
Now that would be a really cool image, a hummingbird in DV.

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:30 pm
by Randy O
My wife and I saw one of those critters at the mouth of Scotty's Canyon near Ashford Mill a few years ago. It was sitting on a nest in a creosote bush. I don't think they are all that rare in Death Valley.
Image

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:04 pm
by Kauri
Randy O wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:30 pm
My wife and I saw one of those critters at the mouth of Scotty's Canyon near Ashford Mill a few years ago. It was sitting on a nest in a creosote bush. I don't think they are all that rare in Death Valley.
That's a very nice photo!

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:57 am
by MojaveGeek
Hummingbird nests are pretty awesome. And the eggs are about the size of my pinkie fingernail.

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:30 pm
by Randy O
Thank you Kauri, my wife took that picture trying not to disturb her much.

Re: Vultures Buzz Death Valley Airport

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:57 pm
by Death Valley Dazed
Randy O wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:30 pm
I don't think they are all that rare in Death Valley.
Thanks for digging up that gorgeous image of the hummer in the nest. I've only discovered two nesting hummers in my entire life, let alone trying to find one in DV. Well now, I'm keeping my eye peeled for a third sighting.

On a side note, I was captivated by the huge orange dragonflies buzzing around the ridge between Dante's View and Mount Perry a few years ago.