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Mature and Young Turkey Vultures

Mature and Young Turkey Vultures
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Copyright: Alan Kolnik (Alan_Kolnik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 38 N: 343] (2616)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 D ED VR
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-24 19:53
Viewed: 6826
Points: 2
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Normally we only see turkey vultures endlessly circling in search of food. This morning, I was able to catch several on the rocks at Great falls, MD, apparently before the air heated enough to allow them to start their normal soaring activity. They were eating the remains of fish, possibly left by herons or other birds of prey. Although not the most exciting view of these birds, it shows the typical red head of the mature bird on the right, and the black-grey head of the immature bird on the left. looking at the mature bird on the ground, it does look rather like a turkey.

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Nice picture. I would like to point out that the "immature" turkey vulture is actually not a turkey vulture. Rather, that is a black vulture. The body shape is that of a black vulture as well as the white markings on its wings and the dark black color of its body.

Love the photo though! Great job!

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