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Vulture Culture

SIZE DOES MATTER. Larger and better.

 

This was taken the same day as yesterday's photo. While driving to Devil's Den, on the last hairpin bend, there were these guys happily feasting on a roadkill. I stopped in the middle of the road and tried to get a shot, but I was not that lucky :-( The vulture flew up to a nearby tree. I realized stopping in the middle of a 2 lane road on a blind curve would make me a companion for the roadkill already there, and, of course, the prey for my subject. I made a U-turn and was on the other (relatively safer) side and tried to get a shot of this one on the tree. The sun was against me and I had a point and shoot. I tried my best to get a decent shot.

As I was trying to get this shot, I heard wingflaps, and saw that I had company, more than one. But they were all way high up on the trees, watching me. And I noticed one fly across the creek (which runs parallel to that road) and sit on a branch and, wow, did the courtship dance! My poor camera, it tried it's best, I should say :)

 

I have a problem ID-ing this. Is this the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)? Do all Turkey Vultures have a read head? This one was gray, for sure. Bird people, MAY DAY!!

 

Have a happy Feathery Friday :-)

 

UPDATE: I switched this photo with the first one on comments section as that shows more details. If you see comments about someone liking "the second one" it is this one :)

Thank you Danny and Doc for the positive ID.

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Taken on April 25, 2007