Turkey Vultures are Nature’s Picker Uppers. They clean up road kill, gut piles and animals that have died naturally but too often they are vilified or even shot because they are seen as a nuisance, predators and because people who believe in silly, baseless superstitions think of them as omens of death. Sure, just like finding a penny face up is going to make me a millionaire, right?
Like any other bird I respect Turkey Vultures for what they are, birds. But these guys are great at cleaning up the messy stuff other creatures might turn their noses (or bills) up at.
When I photographed this Turkey Vulture in Box Elder County last summer it flew from the post it had been perched on and landed a bit further away where it quickly began cleaning its bill on a lichen covered rock.
It won’t be long and I will be seeing Turkey Vultures soaring on the thermals or cleaning up carrion again here in Utah.
Life is good.