"No way, that thing is huge. I'm getting the camera."
"Maybe it's a turkey."
"Here, look through the lens."
"Geez, that thing is butt-ugly.That bird has one wicked helmet."
Yes, turkey vultures are butt-ugly, at least their heads are. What the heck was a turkey vulture doing in our neighborhood? He didn't seem to be in any hurry to leave. As he swooshed down from our neighbor's fence I could see the wingspan. Amazing. I wanted to get closer look with the camera but I was a little afraid. I didn't know if these birds were dangerous or not. My 6'2" football player son, who first spied the raptor wouldn't leave the deck. Baby. I stepped out into the grass, a good 30 yards from the thing, and tried to focus the camera. Maybe just another step. I snapped a few pictures. His feathers were beautiful but that head . . . and that icky eye.
"Mommmmm, he's lookin' at you. If that thing gets any closer, I'm outta here."
|Wish I could have held the camera steadier.|