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The Birds

For a moment, while in my deer hunting stand the last couple evenings as the sun was setting and the wind was blowing out of the south/southwest, I thought I was reliving an old black-and-white, Alfred Hitchcock horror movie I saw as a child, entitled: The Birds! That flick did cross my mind somewhat as I watched dozens of turkey vultures overhead from my tree stand in northeastern Douglas County, NE. I had the best time watching these large nongame birds, let me tell you! I have never seen that many turkey vultures in one location.

I’m sure they are in migration mode and were riding the thermal air currents looking for a dead meal of sorts (carrion) prior to roosting for the night. If you know me, you know that I have such an affection and appreciation for birds! That’s probably why I love flying in an airplane so much when I get the chance.  These birds were just awesome to watch gliding, hovering and flying around.

They were certainly a challenge for me, the novice photographer, to capture on camera! I did the best I could to try to share this experience of the birds with you. I don’t know what you think, but I think turkey vultures are cool, as long as I’m not underneath their roost tree that is, HA! Here are some of the pics of the turkey vulture scenario from my tree stand. Enjoy the birds!

About greg wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media channels, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

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