This chap seemed to match so many things … Autumn colours, being eye-balled, a bird I needed to find out about … and it’s Halloween – one of those putting their head over the hedge would trick a few …
|King Vulture - Wiki's photo of the day|
on Friday 28th October 2016
Isn’t he magnificent … just stunning – nature is so incredible … these guys live in the tropical lowland forests stretching from southern Mexico to northern Argentina.
Its ruff, flight and tail feathers are grey to black, while their heads and necks are bald with varying skin colour.
King of the Dead … this king has the perfect tools for feasting on bodies … the thick curved beak is strong enough to tear open even the armoured skin of alligators …
|I bet that pumpkin didn't last long ...|
… the beak’s edges are as sharp as scissors and can slice away strips of meat. Its claws are too weak to tear flesh, but … they are large and give the scavenger perfect balance when it tears into bodies, even those floating in water.
The King Vulture is the world’s largest vulture … its colours scare away smaller scavengers … so it gets the tastiest flesh … the rest will fight for the scrag ends …
|An anaconda .... it could have eaten a cow:|
I think it will be satiated for a while?! Yugh!
Horror of horror … the Anaconda … can reach over 37 feet in length … they live on a variety of animals or in this case – your sleepless night is as good as mine!
|Slightly enhanced image of a tropical forest|
Tropical Rainforest … this is rather an idyllic view … but some of those pictures above sent me into horror Halloween mode …
However these Kingly vultures are a species of ‘least concern’ … with as many as 10,000 to 100,000 wild individuals …. there is a decline primarily due to habitat destruction and poaching.
from the Codex
The archaeological glyph is easily distinguishable today by the knob on the bird’s head, and by the concentric circles that make up the bird’s eyes.
|'Signo Quiahuitl' -|
in the Codex Laud at the Bodleian
It is one of the most common species of birds represented in the Maya codices … a codex is a folding book from pre-Columbian Mayan civilisation (2,000BC to Columbus’ voyages of 1492), written in Mayan hieroglyphic script.
|I'm eye-balling you!|
So we have a Halloween aversion and abhorrence to the Anaconda with its abomination of a greedy guts … to some history on the glyph … archaeological version …
… leading us back to that magnificent bird the King Vulture … he is extraordinary … and I had never seen one before – hence he’s here in all his autumnal Halloween glory …
Happy Halloween to one and all … that anaconda and I do not get on!
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