For many of us, vultures are a common site along the edges of our roadways. Their not the most exciting bird to watch, must less photo, but they do have their place. I like to think of them as natures garbage disposals. This particular one was sitting along the edge of a field and remained there while I slowed my truck down to snap off a photo.
This is a Black Vulture. Black Vultures are often seen in groups, that's why I was a little surprised to see this one sitting all alone. I'm guessing that his friends weren't far behind.
The Black Vulture is a scavenger that feeds on carrion. I've read that they will also eat eggs and kill newborn animals if left unprotected. It finds its food by using its keen eyesight.
The Turkey Vulture is another comm0n vulture in our area. Both vultures are fairly easy to tell apart except in flight. In flight they both look similar except for a few small differences. Slight color variations in their wing and tail feathers are the giveaway.
Check out more bird photos over at Bird Photography Weekly #39.
Have a great week!