Turkey Vulture For Bird Photography Weekly

by Larry on March 23, 2009

Turkey Vulture photos by Larry Jordan

I went to the, as yet unoccupied, local community park here in Palo Cedro yesterday to check on my latest bluebird trail and found several Turkey Vultures just hanging around in the trees.  So I thought I’d get some photographs.

Notice the dihedral wing position and the distinctive under-wing pattern.  These are good clues to the ID of a Turkey Vulture however, from a distance, the easiest way to distinguish a TV from a hawk or eagle is the “wing tip.”  Turkey Vultures tip their wings back and forth when they fly and hawks and eagles don’t.

For more great bird photos, go check out Bird Photography Weekly!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Did you like this? Share it:

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

bob k March 23, 2009 at 8:50 am

They may have a face that only their mothers can love but they sure are majestic fliers.

Great photos, Larry!

bob ks last blog post..Down the Hatch

Reply

chris March 23, 2009 at 9:14 am

The two last shots are amazing and not easy to do. I saw this guy in CHile and was impressed by its wing span.

chriss last blog post..Small wild bird in Paris: Part I

Reply

Klaus March 23, 2009 at 10:12 am

Very nice catches, Larry. These are birds which are so under rated – but extremely gracious flyers.
Cheers, Klaus

Reply

April March 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm

These are truly GREAT photos! The Turkey Vulture looks very handsome.

Aprils last blog post..Bird Photography Weekly – American Robin and Common Redpoll

Reply

Kim (Kallen) March 23, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I LOVE Turkey Vultures. Yes their face takes a little getting use to but they fly like a dream.

Excellent photos!

Kim (Kallen)s last blog post..More Prey Pictures

Reply

Larry March 23, 2009 at 9:50 pm

@Bob thanks. They are amazing to watch in flight, especially in a colony

@Chris thank you very much. You are right about their impressive six foot wingspan!

@Klaus thank you. There is something to be said for being in the right place at the right time

@April thank you. I think they are handsome birds also, and a huge positive force of nature!

@Kim thank you, I love them too. I am really enjoying your raptor adventures as well

Reply

Thomas March 24, 2009 at 3:25 am

Fabulous series Larry and the first one is just spectacular.

Thomass last blog post..Birding in India – Common Kestrel (Male)

Reply

MaineBirder March 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

A face only a mother could love… Excellent photos Larry!

MaineBirders last blog post..BPW: Snowy Egrets

Reply

Larry March 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm

@Thomas thank you very much. Your Common Kestrel photos are gorgeous!

@John I guess they’re not the most beautiful bird but they grow on you ;-)

Reply

Natural Moments March 24, 2009 at 11:53 pm

You can see the love they have for the wind.

Reply

babooshka March 26, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Not pretty, but so elegant in flight.

babooshkas last blog post..BLUE SKIES OR STORMY WEATHER? – SKYWATCH

Reply

wai yien March 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Did the vulture just perched or was taking flight?
Nice shots

wai yiens last blog post..Orange-Headed Thrush

Reply

Ryan Cowles April 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm

That last shot is beautiful! The underwing pattern is truly something to behold
.-= Ryan Cowles´s last blog ..Turkey Vultures Over Provin Mountain – Agawam, MA =-.

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: