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 curiosity that landed the vulture so close, as it spent the next 15 minutes preening its feathers and observing my anxious efforts to change lenses as fast as I could, yet doing it in slow motion.
After 50 frames or so the young vulture decided enough is enough and took off in the deep chasm behind.