Photography of Birds – Set # 20
Set # 20
The Turkey Vulture, after some wing flaps, picked up a thermal air current and soared high. Then, without any effort circled over a vast area, looking for any carrion to be his next meal. The background mountains are part of the Andes in Mejia, Arequipa, Peru.
Peruvian Thick Knee
These birds I didn’t see for many years, The Peruvian Thick Knee is found in South America in the coastal strip between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. Its range extends from northern Chile, through Peru to southern Ecuador. Its typical habitat is semi-desert areas, agricultural land, dry pasture or well-vegetated river valleys. It particularly favours open crops such as alfalfa or corn.
This bird has a lot of similarity to our own Bush Stone-curlew, but it is a night bird which hunts near the coast in the tropics.
You are right, Ashley. The similarity is obvious. Thank you, my friend. 🙂
Love the vulture image , HJ. And the Thick Knees remind me of our Beach Stone Curlews!
Thank you, Chris. The birds are very similar. 🙂
The Peruvian Thick-knees are my favourite today, H.J – thanks for introducing me to them! We have two species of Thick-knee here – in Afrikaans we call them Dikkoppe; meaning “Big heads” which to me seems more appropriate than Thick-knee.
There’s something about birds, although they are in different Continents, at one remote time were possibly only one species. They spread around the world and after thousands of years, they mutated certain characteristics and adapted to the adopted locations. Thank you, D. 🙂
I like the first composition! The thick-knee is similar to our stone plower.
Thank you very much, Indira. 🙂
Beautiful capture of the Vulture soaring, HJ! The Peruvian Thick Knees are adorable, and what a name! 🙂
Thank you, Donna. Do you want to know what the Peruvians call them? Huerequeque. 🙂
Thick knees! Heard of them, now I know what they look like…
Thank you, RH. 🙂