This bird, a huge, high raptor, was noticeable for the size of its wingspan — and its small beak and head. (Turkey Vultures' heads, of course, are featherless and red — but I couldn't see that from the ground, nor is the colour highly visible in the photos I took.)
|Turkey Vulture on high-flying hunt © SB|
I was surprised by how beautiful the Turkey Vulture was from far below, its under-feathers frilly and light in flight.
This scavenger spun high on thermals over the valley, and then — on the scent of a carcass? — dove into the hills below.
(And the Turkey Vulture's protective-shield effect continues; this is the second vulture I've seen in the valley, and I haven't yet managed a sharp, noise-free shot.)
eta: Finally! Some great shots of Turkey Vultures!
What is this bird? Turkey Vulture
Location: Qu'Appelle Valley, along Rte 99 (west of Highway 6), Saskatchewan.
Photo date: July 26, 2012.