I rushed back inside to get my camera ... surely these guys would fit in that 365 project SOMEWHERE! (Hint ... you will probably see them again). I caught this guy just in time for his landing.
Their wing span is 6-7 feet, so they are pretty intimidating. As I stood looking up, another swooped over my head, so I called the puppies inside. There's no danger really ... they just eat carrion ... dead stuff ... like my cooking. When I stepped back outside, there were literally hundreds floating around the sky.
I don't know where they came from or where they went, but the next morning there wasn't a bird in sight. The trees in back, usually full of youngsters, were completely empty. That's probably not a bad thing ... I won't have to deal with Jessie coming in smelling like roadkill from rolling in their droppings. Maybe they didn't like my cooking!!
I added a little color to this image so you could see his beak and face a little better. In spite of their looks, they are very majestic birds that soar on the breezes like performing a ballet.
Today's picture was "hot drinks". It would have worked out great two days ago when the temperature was 32 degrees and the steam was rising like vultures over something rotten, but this morning of course, it's 52 degrees. There's not a wisp of steam, even though this poor hot chocolate got nuked for three minutes.
It did bring back some nice memories though ... definitely worth the shot. When Miss Patty and I were in Costa Rica in the pouring rain, soaked to the skin in 100 degree temperature, they served us the best hot chocolate I've ever had in my life. It was so good I ordered an entire box when I got home. It cost $11.00 for the cocoa and $27.00 to get it shipped here, which took almost three months. It didn't dawn on me until later I had asked that three pounds of white powder be shipped to the U.S. It finally made it, but had been opened and resealed ten times!!
Ever since, no matter how many times I "unsubscribe", I still get emails from the company that sold the cocoa mix. Maybe I'll order some more just for the fun of it.
I made it to the Magic Kingdom of Bingo last night, but didn't last long. Guess I don't feel as good as I thought I did. Today I have to sign some legal documents and hit the grocery store, followed by more list making and packing. In between, I'll be back on the couch!!