Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Turkey vulture

Turkey vultures in flight over Christmas Hill in Saanich, BC...
Turkey vultures on the wing...
Turkey vultures are pretty common around this area. Climb up to the top of nearby Christmas Hill on a late warm afternoon and you'll typically see several of these big birds coasting on the thermals in search of food.

With their naked pink heads -- the better to dig into a freshly dead carcass without getting bits of meat and blood caught up in your head feathers -- they are visibly distinctive from the big eagles that sometimes cruise the local hills.

For all the times I've seen them in the air though, I've never seen one actually down on the ground digging into a big ol' pile of dead flesh.

I've also never caught a good close-up of one of these birds so I'm still on the lookout.

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