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Black Vulture Meets “Old Sparky”

Just a few days ago – I blogged about it – one of “our” Black Vultures was sitting on the roof of our old metal shed …

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Black Vulture on the Roof of Our Metal Shed

… and giving me a very critical look …

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Looking at Me Quite Critically

… when I came close. But on Friday morning it must have chosen the wrong place to roost: the transformer on our electricity pole. It – or maybe a different vulture – had sat there before, but on top of the pole:

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On Top of the Pole

And up there on the top of the pole it was not dangerous, of course. But on Friday morning it must have tried to settle down directly on the transformer, and unfortunately that ended in its untimely demise. Thus it’s now dead and hanging down from the wires:

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Black Vulture Electrocuted

Sad, so sad that it met its end there. I’m hoping now that the people from our electricity provider [I telephoned them immediately on Friday] will come by tomorrow and get it down. Its companion, btw, was flying in circles high above our place on Friday, but I haven’t seen it since.

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17 responses to “Black Vulture Meets “Old Sparky”

  1. Wow. I had never seen a close-up pic of a vulture, so this was interesting. Poor thing got zapped. Oy!

  2. The photo “on top of the pole” is an excellent shot.

  3. ..das ist wirklich sehr traurig😦 klar – wie sollte er wissen, dass das lebensgefährlich ist ..

    • Hallo Ocean,
      es tut mir immer noch leid, dass dieses Tier durch unsere menschliche Technik ums Leben gekommen ist.
      Liebe Grüße aus dem südlichen Texas,
      Pit

  4. Wunderschöne Fotos lieber Gruß Gislinde

  5. Such a sad ending to such a magnificent bird. A pity there isn’t a better way to get electricity to houses – maybe solar will help?!

    • I agree: it’s a sad ending for such a magnificent bird. There are better ways to get electircity to houses, certainly – but not cheaper ones. And that’s what counts with the electricity companies. In my native Germany you find these overhead wires only absolutely rarely. Normally power lines to the houses are below ground. With the additional advantage that they are immune to icing over and snowfall in winter. No (widespread) power outages there. Normally, that is.
      I don’t think, btw, that solar power will help. It’s too unrelyable – even down here in southern Texas – and it doesn’t produce enough energy to supply all the power a household needs. Plus: that is really too expensive.

  6. Wow this is fasinating🙂 You are lucky to experience this Pitt

  7. So sad, but the photo of the vulture on the metal roof is very nice.

  8. Oh dear oh dear, Pit! What a shame that it had to end like this.
    I know the black vultures from Florida, there were lots of them, high and mighty, really fascinating. They appeared rather near and far away as we were on the 28th floor.
    I hope they’ll be there tomorrow to remove the bird.
    Good night to you and yours from Bonn
    Dina

    • Yes, I agree: it certainly is sad. In the few days we had got quite accustomed to our avian guest and kind of liked them, even if they soiled the picnic table. 😉
      Take care, and have a good one,
      Pit

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