Morning at the Roost (22)
Todays posting is of a Turkey Vulture just awaking up on its roost tree, a panned out shoot is in the Workshop. When I took these images I made a discovery of sorts, when in a new area one should watch where one is going. I got my legs scratched to shreads on a vine I had never seen before it was like it grabbed me and didn't want to let go. Anyway I got some images and the scratches healed so all is well. This scene reminded me of a cartoon where the vultures are saying what do you want to do, I don't know what do you want to do.
By Lee Sollenberger
The Turkey Vulture is widespread throughout much of North and South America. It is a semi-rare summer resident of Alberta, most likely to be seen in the eastern Aspen Parkland part of the province, mostly south of a line east of Edmonton. In flight, during the summer, they are usually seen singly. When feeding, they are gregarious, often seen perching and sunning together.
Turkey Vultures are scavengers, subsisting entirely on carrion. With the coming of the automobile, they are most often seen feeding on roadkills. They do not have the strong feet or sharp claws of raptors, but do have a similar strong hooked beak that they use for tearing flesh off of a carcass. Their feeding habits make Turkey Vultures a beneficial species, cleansing the land of death and disease.
The Turkey Vulture's preferred nesting habitat is in secluded areas, away from the eyes of humans. Nesting is often in a cave or rock crevice. Hollow logs are used in forested areas. In recent years, they have been found nesting in unused buildings, especially those now surrounded by trees. If available, the preferred site is on the second floor. No nest material is ever used. The two white to cream-colored eggs are laid in the darkest recess. Both sexes incubate for 38-41 days. The young, covered in white down, are fed by regurgitation by both parents. They are capable of flight when about 11 weeks old.