|Fence-post Turkey Vulture, displaying its long claws. © SB|
Further down the road, a dozen rose from a tree-filled coulee to soar across the sky.
In all, I saw more than 20 Turkey Vultures that day — a personal record.
Even better, I managed a few clear shots of this impressive, large (and very weird looking) bird.
These carrion-eaters have red featherless heads — good for personal hygiene, and an easy way to identify Turkey Vultures at close range. In the sky, their dark upper and light lower feathers are a better marker, as well as the shape of their wings and tail.
The Vulture Society says Turkey Vultures do well in landscapes with open and wooded areas, but can be found almost anywhere. (The Society also calls Turkey Vultures "gentle and non-aggressive," which will be good to remember if I am lucky enough to again be confronted by so many.)
|Turkey Vultures: Eight on posts, two on the ground. © SB|
|Turkey vultures: 10 flying over the trees. © SB|
Location: Along Route #99 through the Qu'Appelle Valley, north of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: August 10, 2012.