A few fun pics from around and about town! First, this crowd of black vultures ponders its next real-estate venture from atop a communications tower parked in a gated community in Cypress. Photographer Karen Morris happened upon the scene on Eldridge near Grant Rd.:
It was an awesome sight. Personally, if they adorned my rooftop every evening, I’d clean the roof, sell the house and move to the other side of town. . . . Black Vultures/Buzzards are a bit smaller and less colorful that the Turkey Vulture. They tend to follow the Turkey Vulture because it has a keener sense of smell and can find it’s meal through use of that sense. They eat dead animals and occasionally capture small live animals (field mice, etc.). Although they do not build a nest, they will take an abandoned nest. Often roost together as seen in this set of photos. If startled while roosting, they will regurgitate with power and accuracy.
More local habitat:
Sean Carroll tours this long-abandoned upstairs apartment in a warehouse on the corner of 18th St. and Avenue L in Galveston. The downstairs took in 6 feet of water during Hurricane Ike.
And Paul Villinski’s Emergency Response Studio comes to rest and opens for inspection at Rice:
- Buzzard Roost [Flickr]
- A Curious Place [B.S. Houston Art Blog]
- Art After Disaster – Paul Villinski and Banksy In New Orleans [Neon Poisoning]
- Pimp My FEMA Trailer [Swamplot]
Photos: Karen Morris (black vultures; license), Sean Carroll (Galveston apartment), Rice University Art Gallery (Emergency Response Studio), Robert Kimberly (Emergency Response Studio interior; license)