Thursday, December 4, 2008

Vultures in Cancun

No, not the aggressive sales person kind of vulture, the real live big big bird vultures. Big birds eating dead stuff in my neighbourhood! Max and I sat and watched them for quite some time this afternoon. They really didn't want to come down for their dinner after we arrived, they circled and sat on the roof watching us, definitely wary of our company. We moved to a spot where they couldn't see us and they started circling, just like in the cartoons. They would get closer and closer and then fly out again when a car came by. Tough to get a good photo of them. My zoom stinks, so the pics aren't that great, but I was so amazed to see these creatures in the middle of downtown, urban Cancun. I think I said "So cool!" to Max a hundred times. If it wasn't for the stink of the dead possum, we might have stayed a bit longer.

Spanish word for vulture: buitre


Frankly Ronda said...

Vultures circle our place every freak'in day!

K.W. Michigan said...

Scary .. keep Max close to you!

Theresa in Mèrida said...

There is this billboard on Paseo Montejo which has two huge cut out vultures perched on top, it's a billboard for beer I think. The vultures look real.

minshap said...

Wow! great shot of the one with wings outspread! I've only seen them up close a couple of times - and always in the great outdoors, like on/near a beach.

Anonymous said...

Cool Pics! I am a big birder and participate in "Project Feeder Watch" program through the Lab of Ornithology, they also have a program in Mexico I believe. I do know that they cooporate with Mexico's version of the DNR on conservation projects. Birds are a great indicator of habitat issues.

I wonder if those are some of the Vultures that left here a couple of months ago.

Do you ever see any Ruby Throated Hummingbirds?
Oh here is a link about Mexico's bird watching program.


Anonymous said...

I have only seen vultures when we drove to Coba. It makes you wonder if the vultures are coming into more populated areas because of the increased development further down the coast. I know Wayne posted a photo of a vulture on Isla a while ago.

Heather said...

Wow those things are huge!

CancunCanuck said...

American Mommy- Oh man, circling vultures everyday? That would be unsettling!

K.W.- They were certainly more afraid of us than we were of them. We couldn't get close enough for a decent pic, I think Max was safe. Though they are big enough, they may have been able to carry him away, haha.

Theresa- Sounds like a fun billboard, must be shocking the first time you see it though!

Minshap- I was very surprised to see them in such an urban setting, as you say, they are more common in the great outdoors.

Gonzo- You are a man of many talents and interests, how cool! I don't know much about birds at all, I'll start paying closer attention and let you know what we find. Thanks for the links!

Jackie- I would think your idea has a lot of merit. The more construction there is, the smaller the natural habitat becomes.

Heather- Huge and very cool! Love showing Max these kinds of critters. :)

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