I am sorry, but I don't have a picture to prove this, but in our back pasture, this afternoon, was a flock of about 10-12 birds.
They were hanging out on the ground (doing who knows what). I didn't know they were there until I went to the pear tree to pick up some pears. Out of the grasses (the grass is about 5 feet tall) the biggest bird I have ever seen in my life jumped out of the grass and took flight.
He was so massive that his movements were incredibly slow, almost to the point of being comically slow. His effort to take to the sky took at least 5 seconds, affording me a good view of him. His face was brown/skin color, with a blotch of red (I think the red was below his beak).
His body was black.
His wingspan was no less than 15 feet wide, from tip to tip.
Anyway, he scared me almost to death, so I dropped the pears and started back to the house. Immediately at least 10 more of the same bird flew out of the grass, launched into the sky, and started circling above me. I stood there as they circled, and watched them for at least 5 minutes. Finally, I got bored and came in.
So, what are these 15 feet-wide birds, and what are they doing here? They must weigh at least a hundred pounds each, and I am convinced that they could carry a small child off, if they wanted to.
TYVM,"the devil made me do it,lol" Forgive me Dave know you were terrified' Think 'bout it,they do get tired flying 'round and need to catch their breath,lol' Now,get yourself back out there and pick up them pears''Waste not want not''':D
Dave, take a look at the website above, and see if this is the bird you saw. They eat only carion, so there must be a dead "something" in that area that they were feeding on. We have these monsters nesting around our lakes here in Missouri - VERY UGLY birds!
They were probably turkey vulture's,They are ugly but serve a porpose.They are the bigest ugliest things I've ever seen,but when you see a flock of them they look aewsome.The babies also stay with the parents for years and help raise the younger one's so You may have been seeing 2-4 generations.
They are all over here in our part of Missouri too, but if they weren't around, things could get very "stinky". They and the crows and ravens take care of the road kill, the uneaten portions of kill made by coyotes, wild cats etc. They may be ugly, but no one can say they are not impressive!!!! LOL
Reminds me of one of the best photos I ever missed. Someone had killed a deer in the pasture and left all but the choicest parts. About the same time, I had to put a horse down, so there was a regular buzzard's smorgasbord out there. I stepped out the back door early one morning to see at least 100 vultures in a large dead tree, and as many more on a microwave tower. It was a sight right out of Ancient Mariner. Of course, when I went back in for the camera, they all flew away, and never reassembled.