All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

I snapped this <strong>Turkey Vulture</strong> (<em>Cathartes aura</em>) just as it was taking off. A lot of my pictures are just "dumb luck"! Many digital cameras have a tiny delay before the shutter releases, that delay can be "just enough" to make o...
I snapped this Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) just as it was taking off. A lot of my pictures are just "dumb luck"! Many digital cameras have a tiny delay before the shutter releases, that delay can be "just enough" to make or break a photo. I once had a vulture fly a few feet over my head while I was walking down a road where I teach my outdoor classes. Although it has been many years ago, I still remember hearing the slow "whoosh, whoosh" sound of the wings.
Turkey Vultures are much larger than Black Vultures with a wingspan of up to 72 inches. They have a keen sense of smell and they use it to locate carrion. Turkey Vultures have a red head, Black Vultures have a black head.

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