Turkey VultureNov. 26, 2007

Turkey vultures, being what they are, seem strangely appropriate hanging out on a dead tree.
Perching turkey vultures
  The name vulture generally gives way to an image of birds clustered on the ground around some carcass.

However, in flight, turkey vultures are magnificent, and it is a splendid experience to have one pass overhead.

Turkey vulture overhead

Incredible flyers that they are, turkey vultures generally hold their wings in a V shape, which makes identification easy even from a long ways away.
V-shape of turkey vulture in flight
  Seen close, a turkey vulture has a striking color pattern, from black to gray to white.
Turkey vulture

And when you get right down to it, the vultures do good service, helping keep forests clean.

Photo note: I used a Pentax *ist D, with the SMC 1000mm reflex lens. Some photos are from the game land by Cooper's Pond and others are from Tussey Mountain. For that matter, I can occasionally step outside in my backyard and see a turkey vulture overhead. Great birds!

My Pennsylvania bird list

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