Adult Turkey Vulture in morning light – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 640, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
I grew up calling Turkey Vultures by the name “Turkey Buzzards” and every once in a blue moon I still unintentionally slip and call them by their nickname instead of their proper common name. I’m not going to feel bad about slipping up though, stuff happens. I don’t actually remember the first time I saw a Turkey Vulture but I do remember seeing them as a small girl living in southern Georgia and Florida picking up and eating carrion from the sides of the road. Back then I thought their choice of food was more than a little disgusting, especially if I could smell it, but I found the birds themselves to be interesting and huge compared to my small size.
Today there are times I even go so far as to think that Turkey Vultures are regal looking and I know that there are people out there that would disagree with me but looking at the photo above I do think this bird is “regal looking”.
Back view of an adult Turkey Vulture – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 640, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited
At times I even think they are mysterious looking too. I don’t think of them as ugly and I appreciate them for what they are and do.
I took these Turkey Vulture photos yesterday morning and I was happy that this vulture and the one perched a few feet away on another fence post decided to stick around long enough for me to take images of both of them in the soft morning light.
Adult Turkey Vulture in flight over sage, rabbitbrush and grasses – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/3200, ISO 640, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light, not baited
When I noticed that one of the Turkey Vultures appearing like it might take flight I quickly took off my teleconverter so I wouldn’t clip wing tips and body parts so when it did take flight I was able to take photos of the one bird while it flew low over the sage, rabbitbrush and grasses. I love it when a plan works out!
Life is good. Birds make it better.