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(Mirror.co.uk)   Woman who has been paragliding with vultures for 11 years says, "They might look mean but they are gentle and intelligent. They fly right alongside and are very curious - they just want to play with you"   (mirror.co.uk) divider line 69
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2013-10-27 08:24:00 AM
I would never carrion with vultures like that.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-10-27 09:26:38 AM
They are staying close because they want to be first on the scene when she crashes.
 
2013-10-27 09:36:37 AM
Done in two, I'd say.
 
2013-10-27 09:38:55 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-10-27 09:40:57 AM
 
2013-10-27 09:41:31 AM
"they just want to play with you"....especially your head.
 
2013-10-27 09:46:01 AM
Part of me knows and likes birds, and kind of understands where she's coming from.

The other part immediately thought they would be smart enough to know humans can't fly, and came to the same conclusion conclusion ZAZ.
 
2013-10-27 09:47:32 AM
With zero up close pictures of vultures in flight.
 
2013-10-27 09:52:45 AM
Well, carry on.

/Geddit?
 
2013-10-27 09:54:51 AM
My momma done told me, "Son, bring something for dinner. "
 
2013-10-27 09:58:45 AM
"An entire colony was recently wiped out after feeding on the bodies of 100 elephants which had been killed by poachers using cyanide. "

The carry on effects of what those stupidly desperate (or greedy) farks did to those elephants :(
 
2013-10-27 09:59:15 AM
Sure, they're not predatory birds that would kill you outright, but to echo above, you probably look like a flying buffet cart waiting to be delivered, lady.
 
2013-10-27 10:00:34 AM

Langdon_777: The carry on effects of what those stupidly desperate (or greedy) farks did to those elephants :(


Not sure if intentional.
 
2013-10-27 10:02:26 AM
Everybody likes to play with their food.
 
2013-10-27 10:05:29 AM
images.cdn.fotopedia.com

SOON.
 
2013-10-27 10:06:44 AM

JasonOfOrillia: Everybody likes to play with their food.


Yup.
 
2013-10-27 10:09:52 AM
Condors are farking awesome. Period.

They are farking massive and they can live to be incredibly old (60+ years). They mate for life.

It's a shame they are still endangered. Though their current numbers (low hundreds) is much better than the few/couple dozen they estimated were left back in the 80's.
 
2013-10-27 10:11:26 AM
Wait until she shows up without the donuts.
 
2013-10-27 10:12:59 AM
As long as you look alive and healthy, no problem.

but yeah I'm not surprised, even the dumbest of birds have different personalities. They vary a lot on aggression, curiosity, interest in affection, different behaviors.
 
2013-10-27 10:13:45 AM

Langdon_777: poachers using cyanide.


They should make it legal to hunt poachers.

Let's go full on 'Most Dangerous Game'

There are 7 billion people on this planet.
I'd rather see the ones combing the Serengeti with rifles and poison getting hunted  vs elephants, tigers, etc...
 
2013-10-27 10:14:37 AM
images4.wikia.nocookie.net

/Food glorious food...
 
2013-10-27 10:20:05 AM
 
2013-10-27 10:21:18 AM
I read the headline as "paralegalling" with vultures ...
 
2013-10-27 10:21:38 AM

stuhayes2010: With zero up close pictures of vultures in flight.


Earth Flight - Africa

One of the best mini-series on birds of the world, is Earth Flight.  Laced through the episode on birds are several close-up pictures of vultures in flight (including cameras mounted on vultures).  The first scene with vultures starts at 8:10 and then interlaced through the episode.  You don't have to be a bird watcher or nature lover to appreciate the camera work involved in this 6 part mini-series. Make sure you change the settings to watch it in HD.
 
2013-10-27 10:22:48 AM
 "they just want to play with you your scattered entrails."
 
2013-10-27 10:22:55 AM
"She had applied for a conservation post and before she knew it was in charge of a vulture study, despite knowing nothing about the birds of prey."

Sounds about right. She also apparently knows nothing about paragliding, or she wouldn't have been strapped to the crotch of a trainer for all of those photos. The photographer tried to hide it with angles/lighting, but you can see extra limbs anyway.
 
2013-10-27 10:24:56 AM
I've heard it from more than one source to discount the Unlikely tag.

I've heard that eagles tend to be pretty rad too.
 
2013-10-27 10:25:36 AM
s9.postimg.org
 
2013-10-27 10:26:22 AM
i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-10-27 10:27:31 AM
poor little rich girl done found herself a new hobby, i see.   much more fun than being an office clerk
 
2013-10-27 10:27:37 AM

Langdon_777: "An entire colony was recently wiped out after feeding on the bodies of 100 elephants which had been killed by poachers using cyanide. "

The carry on effects of what those stupidly desperate (or greedy) farks did to those elephants :(


Don't forget that supposedly 99% of India's vulture population died off over a decade or so due to eating livestock treated with diclofenac.
 
2013-10-27 10:30:08 AM

jsmilky: poor little rich girl done found herself a new hobby, i see.   much more fun than being an office clerk


Archer reference?
 
2013-10-27 10:33:46 AM
I love vultures. They seem very smart.

There are great photos on vulpro.com. I'm thinking this one needs captioning:

www.vulpro.com
 
2013-10-27 10:37:02 AM

Kalashinator: Langdon_777: "An entire colony was recently wiped out after feeding on the bodies of 100 elephants which had been killed by poachers using cyanide. "

The carry on effects of what those stupidly desperate (or greedy) farks did to those elephants :(

Don't forget that supposedly 99% of India's vulture population died off over a decade or so due to eating livestock treated with diclofenac.


I am wishing fark had a sad as well as funny option :( (maybe a rage one too.)
 
2013-10-27 10:43:44 AM
11 years is a long time to be continuously paragliding with the vultures.
 
2013-10-27 10:46:40 AM

MurphyMurphy: Condors are farking awesome. Period.

They are farking massive and they can live to be incredibly old (60+ years). They mate for life.

It's a shame they are still endangered. Though their current numbers (low hundreds) is much better than the few/couple dozen they estimated were left back in the 80's.


I think you are thinking specifically of the California Condor.  That is a huge, powerful birds and yes, they almost went extinct in the wild.  A really great success story in conservation that is finally showing meaningful progress.  Back in the 80's the state actually went out and captured every single California Condor known to exist in the wild and gave them to the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos for breeding.  Eventually they started releasing the birds back into the wild and there are a couple hundred out there now.

The Andean Condor in South America is not really threatened I don't think.

But this woman isn't working with any sort of Condor.  Condors are specific to the Americas.  TFS says she is working with Cape Vultures, which would make a lot more sense given that she is in South Africa.
 
2013-10-27 10:48:40 AM
It's a Sicilian message.  It means Luca Brasi paraglides with the vultures..
 
2013-10-27 10:55:33 AM

Egalitarian: As long as you look alive and healthy, no problem.

but yeah I'm not surprised, even the dumbest of birds have different personalities. They vary a lot on aggression, curiosity, interest in affection, different behaviors.


Except for hummingbirds who are all assholes.
 
2013-10-27 11:10:42 AM
She better hope the vultures aren't intelligent enough to figure out that if they rip the glider apart with their talons her flight trajectory will change drastically to one that favors them getting a meal.
 
2013-10-27 11:23:35 AM
stuhayes2010: "With zero up close pictures of vultures in flight."

Exactly...came for pictures she took of them beside her in 'formation'.
 
2013-10-27 11:28:57 AM
I don't know why vultures get such a bad rap. They're polite enough to wait until after you've died on your own before they start eating you. We certainly aren't that considerate towards our food, so I don't know where we get off giving them a hard time.
 
2013-10-27 11:40:16 AM
Fun Fact:  North American vultures intentionally shiat all over their own feet in order to disinfect them.
 
2013-10-27 11:44:00 AM

Prophet of Loss: I read the headline as "paralegalling" with vultures ...


Paralegals work with lawyers so yeah.
 
2013-10-27 11:49:33 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-27 12:10:18 PM
I live near a wildlife reserve and see turkey vultures all the time. They're awesome.
 
2013-10-27 12:18:14 PM
If your friend is already dead, and being eaten by vultures, I think it's okay to feed some bits of your friend to one of the vultures, to teach him to do some tricks. But only if you're serious about adopting the vulture. - Jack Handey
 
2013-10-27 12:34:30 PM

Lorelle: I live near a wildlife reserve and see turkey vultures all the time. They're awesome.


They roost near Cleveland, too.

I 'd never seen one until I was about 30, then I as driving down some back country road and saw one just standing there next to the road  At first I thought it was a novelty mailbox post, but then it moved.

HUGE farkers.

Then, later that month, I saw another one chilling in the bushes at a gas station in Suburbia where I work.  They're even bigger when you get out of your car and WHAM giant bird five feet from you...
 
2013-10-27 12:40:51 PM
www.williamlishman.com
 
2013-10-27 01:19:05 PM
Vulture version of pizza delivery.
 
2013-10-27 01:23:45 PM

Dion Fortune: http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=xRzhloqMUFs


lol, thank you for that!

"Voffka is okay. He's fighting a chicken."
 
2013-10-27 01:25:00 PM

Mister Peejay: Lorelle: I live near a wildlife reserve and see turkey vultures all the time. They're awesome.

They roost near Cleveland, too.

I 'd never seen one until I was about 30, then I as driving down some back country road and saw one just standing there next to the road  At first I thought it was a novelty mailbox post, but then it moved.

HUGE farkers.

Then, later that month, I saw another one chilling in the bushes at a gas station in Suburbia where I work.  They're even bigger when you get out of your car and WHAM giant bird five feet from you...




Speaking of "WHAM giant bird right in front of you":
i42.tinypic.com

I was out for a ride on my CBR1000RR last Sunday. As I came around a corner, I saw a pair of turkey vultures in the left lane on top of some roadkill. They took flight; one flew away from me, the other flew right in front of me! It hit me in the chest and right arm, which really hurt, since I was going about sixty to sixty five MPH. I really only had time to grip the bars tightly before impact. After coasting to a stop along the shoulder of the road and recovering for a couple of minutes, I went back to see if the bird was still alive. It wasn't. Protective gear proves its worth once again (Joe Rocket textile jacket), as I only had bruises and a very sore arm. My windscreen has scuffs and stress cracks, but the bird got the worst of it.
 
2013-10-27 01:27:22 PM
They are eagles with bad PR.
 
2013-10-27 01:31:01 PM

Cataholic: Fun Fact:  North American vultures intentionally shiat all over their own feet in order to disinfect them.


Fun fact: they like to eat leather. Like if your GF leaves her bike outside her house in the sticks and forgets to put the cover on, they may roost on the bike, shiat all over it, and eat half the damned seat.

/true story
 
2013-10-27 01:57:37 PM
Tyrannosaurus Rex of the skies. What could be scary about them?

/my little arms and overbuilt legs will get you ahahahahahahah
//olfactory scavengers of the prehistoric and modern times
 
2013-10-27 01:57:40 PM
I remember learing that Turkey Vultures would poop on their legs to help keep themselves cool.  They would also projectile poop at predetors to give them time to fly away.  Turkey Vultures, using poo.
 
2013-10-27 02:05:54 PM

McBish: I remember learing that Turkey Vultures would poop on their legs to help keep themselves cool.  They would also projectile poop at predetors to give them time to fly away.  Turkey Vultures, using poo.


Did you have to crawl through narrow gaps in the rocks on your belly with stories of them nesting above and if you were noisy, they would barf/crap on you, and you would know if you were being too noisy if you heard them hissing louder and louder, when in fact it was your camp counselors hiding in a shadowed niche in the rock at the bottom of the passage that you couldn't see who were hissing at you?

/good times
 
2013-10-27 02:23:59 PM

Dion Fortune: http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=xRzhloqMUFs


You win the thread.
 
2013-10-27 02:24:51 PM

LoneVVolf: "She had applied for a conservation post and before she knew it was in charge of a vulture study, despite knowing nothing about the birds of prey."

Sounds about right. She also apparently knows nothing about paragliding, or she wouldn't have been strapped to the crotch of a trainer for all of those photos. The photographer tried to hide it with angles/lighting, but you can see extra limbs anyway.


I  think the "birds of prey" pretty much covers her knowing nothing about vultures.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-10-27 03:02:27 PM
simplicimus

"Birds of prey" can be used in a narrow or broad sense. In the narrow sense, it means predatory hawks, eagles, and the like. In the broad sense, it includes large, soaring scavengers. The vultures of the article are birds of prey in the broad sense. They are in the same family as predatory New World hawks, including the red-tailed hawk.
 
2013-10-27 03:13:00 PM

ZAZ: simplicimus

"Birds of prey" can be used in a narrow or broad sense. In the narrow sense, it means predatory hawks, eagles, and the like. In the broad sense, it includes large, soaring scavengers. The vultures of the article are birds of prey in the broad sense. They are in the same family as predatory New World hawks, including the red-tailed hawk.


I'm just used to the narrow sense, I guess. I once saw a raven snatch a sparrow in mid flight and eat it, so I guess ravens fit the narrow definition as well. I remember when the hawks returned to Manhattan. It was open season on pigeons for them,
 
2013-10-27 03:38:54 PM

Mister Peejay: They roost near Cleveland, too.

I 'd never seen one until I was about 30, then I as driving down some back country road and saw one just standing there next to the road  At first I thought it was a novelty mailbox post, but then it moved.

HUGE farkers.

Then, later that month, I saw another one chilling in the bushes at a gas station in Suburbia where I work.  They're even bigger when you get out of your car and WHAM giant bird five feet from you...


Oh yeah. Six-foot wingspan. Sometimes they circle directly over the apartment complex where I live...occasionally, I take pics of them while sitting at my desk, like this one (taken a couple of years ago):

i41.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-27 05:11:57 PM

Lorelle: I live near a wildlife reserve and see turkey vultures all the time. They're awesome.


We have a handful where I live.  A couple months ago, I saw one eating a squirrel in the middle of my street.
They're awesome.
 
2013-10-27 05:26:12 PM

Sliding Carp: Lorelle: I live near a wildlife reserve and see turkey vultures all the time. They're awesome.

We have a handful where I live.  A couple months ago, I saw one eating a squirrel in the middle of my street.
They're awesome.


We have lots of them in Texas. My best vulture moment was in my suburban neighborhood. Three vultures were in eating a squirrel in somebody's driveway, and this kitten is crossing the street, stalking them. One vulture took a look at the kitten, then went back to feeding.
 
2013-10-27 05:40:57 PM
Sure, vultures are friendly and all- Just don't invite them over to any pot-lucks.
 
2013-10-27 07:32:20 PM
Vultures do an awesome job of cleaning up the mess that predators leave in my back-yard so I like them.
 
2013-10-28 12:59:33 AM

flux: I don't know why vultures get such a bad rap. They're polite enough to wait until after you've died on your own before they start eating you. We certainly aren't that considerate towards our food, so I don't know where we get off giving them a hard time.


Pretty much.  If you're not so dead you're starting to smell they aren't really interested.  There's very few predators that will touch them, as at their end of the food chain they're effectively 'pre-spoiled', basically poison to most predators due to buildups of toxins, bacteria, and such.

A paraglider might be mistaken for a very large predator, and as long as it's not making any hostile-looking moves, why bother?

LoneVVolf: "She had applied for a conservation post and before she knew it was in charge of a vulture study, despite knowing nothing about the birds of prey."

Sounds about right. She also apparently knows nothing about paragliding, or she wouldn't have been strapped to the crotch of a trainer for all of those photos. The photographer tried to hide it with angles/lighting, but you can see extra limbs anyway.


Or maybe she has somebody concentrating on the gliding part while she concentrates on taking picutres?
 
2013-10-28 01:07:23 AM

PunkRockLawyer: I love vultures. They seem very smart.

There are great photos on vulpro.com. I'm thinking this one needs captioning:


img.fark.net

I lost my kid.  Have you seen him?
 
2013-10-28 04:17:17 PM
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2013-10-28 04:26:04 PM
Fun fact: Vultures defend themselves by vomiting on their attacker. A coworker of my FIL saw a vulture next to the road and swerved to hit it.  It vomited on his car as it took flight and not only was it the most offensive, vile substance on the planet but it literally took the paint off his truck.  He never got the stench out.
 
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