Two bald headed birds, but very different in appearance, one is a vulture who cleans up the earth and the other a wading bird with pink and carmine plumage. This Turkey Vulture was photographed yesterday morning in Box Elder County, Utah as the sun rose. The vulture was perched on a fence rail of a corral and it may have spent the night roosting there. After the vulture warmed up it probably lifted off to soar on the thermals until it found something to eat.
This is a mature Roseate Spoonbill in nonbreeding plumage. I couldn’t resist photographing these cotton candy pink wading birds when I lived in Florida and aimed my lens at them whenever I had the opportunity. This one was photographed in the evening at Fort De Soto County Park in Florida in 2009 as the spoonbill foraged for food in a tidal lagoon.
Some people find birds with featherless heads unappealing, odd or even ugly. Me, I think all birds are wonderful.
Life is good.