Until I moved into my house on the hill, I never saw a turkey vulture before. Or at least I did not pay attention. They love to perch on top of my chimneys. Well, lately they have come to love my house. Since I am on a mountain like hill, my roof is a great vantage point to see where the food is. The dead food.
Turkey vultures are scavengers. They look for dead animals. They are nature’s incinerators. I got to witness turkey vultures in action when we had a dead deer which we had to drag to the curb. (Yes, it was the grossest experience with the deer’s you know what hanging out of its side.)
My oldest son and husband picked it up and put it in a cart. Animal control in my area required you to bring it to the curb if you want to remove it from your property. How did the deer die? It looks like she broke her leg. But how, we have no idea. The deer was laying in the middle of my front yard. Kind of odd.
I should have filmed my husband and son trying to pick the dead deer up. They dropped the deer a couple of times and each time, their expressions were priceless. They grimaced. They muttered words like “gross,” “yuck,” and “disgusting.” Each time they dropped the deer, they both walked away from the area to get their bearing again. I was afraid that my oldest was going to throw up. They both were so grossed out.
I was surprised how my husband reacted since he watched me give birth to four kids while filming the births. In fact, in some instances, he was filming X-rated footage. The doctor had to tell him to film some place else, if you get my drift.
So, there was this little deer laying on the side of the road. As the song, “Circle of Life” from the Lion King was playing in the background, the crows began nibbling at the deer. Then the vultures came. And basically told the crows to buzz off. Not just one but five with male teenager appetites. In less than a few minutes it seems, those vultures picked the deer clean down to its bones. No mess. No scraps. (Well taught by their mama vultures.)
Was this the end of my turkey vulture ordeal?
Just the other day my neighbor’s golden retriever, Charlie, was barking near his fence. Usually he barks to get one of us to come out and pet him. This time he just kept barking and barking. I went outside wondering why he did not get discouraged and return home. As I turned to pet him through the fence, I looked toward the back of the house to see at least 20 cultures lined up on my roof ridge in perfectly spaced formation. Of course I did not have my handy dandy camera. But I will tell you, they looked like they were made of plastic since they were so perfectly aligned on my roof.
I stared at them in amazement. At one point they all lifted their wings as if they were choreographed in some type of dance. Of course, the perfect blue sky as a back drop made the display seem more jaw dropping.
I did catch some of them on top of my chimney. (See picture above.) One graciously lifted his wings for me as I snapped away.
That day with its beautiful sky just reminded me of how perfect Nature is and how much we have disturbed the perfect circle. We have so much to learn from Nature.
So, readers have you had a nature inspiring moment?