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Turkey Vulture

I came across this bird by the side of the road, and it seemed quite content to have me photograph it. After a couple of minutes, however, it launched into the air, swept across the road, and came flying at me, or just to the side of me. This photograph was in self-defence, having the camera at my face preferable to looking directly at the talons. After another fly-by, it came to a rest in a nearby tree, just above head height, and stared at me.

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Taken on August 4, 2012