Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture On Rooftop

Here’s a turkey vulture photograph, made last weekend somewhere north of Georgetown. The vulture was sitting on the top of a farm barn for at least 5 minutes, grooming its feathers and ensuring from time to time that I’m no threat. It’s interesting that the turkey vulture is one of the few birds of prey [...]

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Turkey Vulture Eating Carrion

These birds have an unbelievable sense of smell along with a very strong immune system to fight bacteria found in decaying carcasses. If ingested, even in much lesser quantities than what these guys are consuming in one single meal, such bacteria would easily kill animals or humans.

In the frame below, the vulture struggles with the [...]

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Chasing Away The Rapacious Vultures

You probably already spotted the common “Red-Winged Blackbird” in one of your walks through the parks. These small birds are very territorial and may become aggressive towards people, animals and other birds, especially if they are nesting and consider the intruder a threat to their chicks. During a recent outing for photographing turkey vultures I [...]

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Turkey Vulture in Flight

With a beautiful v-shaped wingspan of 6 feet the turkey vulture is the master of flight.
Most birds need to flap their wings to sustain their flight. When soaring, turkey vultures rarely flap their broad wings. Instead they do flight adjustments by altering their wingspread to effortlessly catch an updraft, then gliding down just to soar [...]

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Juvenile Turkey Vulture

Juvenile turkey vulture on a rocky ledge in Algonquin Park, during fall foliage. Behind the ledge, a 100m vertical drop.

I have spotted the bird soaring not far away from the trail. Few minutes later, curiosity won and the vulture effortlessly landed just a few meters from my position.
I’m pretty sure it was [...]

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Fall Migration In Ontario: The Week After Update

To recap: One week ago, blue jays were pouring in the hundreds of thousands, in a frenzied rush to warmer environments. Today, you can barely count them to a hundred. It seems their fall migration in Ontario is finally coming to an end.
Unfortunately, today’s winds are not favourable for bird movement. Fall migration is greatly [...]

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