Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vulture v. Windmill

I can't figure out how/why someone was filming this-

8 comments:

Malcolm said...

Did you know that a vulture's, or turkey buzzard as we called them in Oklahoma, defense mechanism is projectile vommiting(up to 7 feet)? Now there's a handy little piece of information to share at cocktail parties.

Zach said...

Yeah, kinda weird that someone would be filming it, but I have to say I'm always mesmerized by the wind turbines when I'm driving across the plains. If I saw a big ol' vulture flying around one and happened to have a camera nearby, I might start filming, too. Of course, to your point, how often would all of those events converge? :)

Matthew Bradley said...

I don't know that it's true in this case, but there's a group out there trying to fight wind energy because bird strikes like this are supposedly common. It's an interesting "animal rights meets environmental concern" issue. Perhaps this video was shot by a member of that group in order to provide graphic evidence of the problem.

My question is "What was that bird thinking? Are they really so spatially unaware?" I mean, getting smacked by an airline going a few hundred knots/hour is one thing, but this bird circled at least once in the video before attempting to take out the windmill!

Brother Titus said...

I'm not sure what that video's all about, but, if you want to see something unbelievable, go to youtube, type in, "eagle vs bighorn sheep," and click on the first video at the top of the list. It's less than three minutes.

Michael Lockridge said...

This is a creature that craps on its feet as a cooling system. (Another useless buzzard fact).

The spatially deficient buzzards will eventually be culled, and the survivors will pass on the windmill avoidance gene.

They will be the smart ones, watching the idiots get smacked and snacking on the consequences.

Mmmm! Buzzard bites!

Reepicheep said...

LOL Michael!!!!

Woody Woodward said...

That dirty bird got the womp put on it! You can see how long it took to hit the ground. Seeing these towers from the road, it’s difficult to get a grip to how monstrous these towers are. It kind a hits home and is an amazing sight to see just two of those 80 foot blades going down the road, fitting on one truck. The towers are over 250 feet tall and it takes 3 trucks to haul the 4 sections of tower. Always enjoy seeing these massive wind farms going through Salina, on the way to Angel Fire. Next thing we know we will have the PETA folks all up in a roar, trying to put the kibosh on wind turbines for killing a vulture.

Todd said...

It looks like there's another bird sitting on the hub of the windmill. I wonder if that's what the first (dead) bird was attracted to.