Turkey Vultures

Turkey vultures are summer birds here – they recently left for parts south.

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Often when we hike in the early mornings, we see them in what is locally called a ‘vulture tree’ – often a dead cottonwood.

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In the cool air buzzards turn their backs and outspread wings to the sun trying to warm their bulky bodies.  Their wingspan can be up to 72 inches.  They are big birds, ungainly on the ground, so graceful soaring on thermals.

Linking to Camera Critters.

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3 Responses to Turkey Vultures

  1. One says:

    This is interesting. I’ve never seen a turkey vulture before.

  2. Ms Burrito says:

    Beautiful critter shots!

    Late visiting from Camera Critters. The Hopper is my critter, please drop by when you get a chance. Thanks!

  3. Pat says:

    I love to see them with their wings outstretched, warming in the morning sun. They are beautiful in flight.

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