My, how quickly the vulture babies grow up into super large birds. The entire family of four was hanging out on one of the back facilities walls at work today – I could only capture three in the frame of the photos from my vantage point behind the glass at the end of the hallway. Pretty soon the young vultures will be off to scavenge the Central Texas roads for food and to serve their unique purpose in the local ecosystem. They will probably find plenty of squirrels, armadillos, and other unfortunate creatures who failed to cross the road safely. I find it odd that they choose to return to this one secluded spot every year. Until next time, stay safe out there in the world.
This parent has just hatched two baby vultures. If you look closely, you can see the remnants of egg shells. As you may have read on my blog before, the Vulture family returns to this spot every year to increase their numbers. It is in a protected cove just outside a conference room with dusty windows. If you are quiet, you can watch and study the vultures behavior without disturbing them. Do you think the babies are cute?
It has been about 2 1/2 months since the two tiny little vulture babies were hatched in a secluded corner of the buildings at work. If you want to learn more about the Black Vulture, Wikipedia has some helpful information, as does NeoTropical Birds. The babies have grown in size and are no longer shy creatures that sit under a tree or in the corner. They will now gladly greet you as you are entering or leaving the building. I suspect that they will be gone within a few days, but here are some last photos before they leave us.
The vulture babies have almost grown up. One of them has already grown taller than the parent. They are shedding their fluffy parts for real feathers, and soon they will learn to fly so they can take off on adventures of their own.
There is this secluded corner of the building at work where the Vultures return year after year to lay their eggs. I believe these to be Black Vultures. There are two baby birds this year, and typically they will stick around for about three months or so. This spot is next to a conference room, so you can take pictures through the dusty windows without disturbing the family. It is a unique experience to watch them grow up, learn to fly, and then leave this temporary home for another one.