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Searching for Roadkill

Searching for Roadkill
著作権: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
ジャンル: Animals
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撮影した年: 2005-11-05
カテゴリー: Birds
カメラ: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2005-11-10 1:36
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We see a lot of turkey vultures flying over our highways looking for roadkill. The other day, as I was driving home from school, I almost had a collision with one of these huge birds, as he swooped across the road at the level of my windshield. It turned out he was going after a squooshed opossum lying on the road. Trying to avoid him, I actually drove over the dead opossum. Yuck!

Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura

Urubu t黎e rouge, Vautour (French)
Zopilote Aura, Aura cabecirroja (Spanish)

Although it has an ugly, bare-skinned face, the Turkey Vulture is beautiful on the wing. Seldom does this graceful and talented bird flap its wings as it soars over large areas searching for carrion.

Large soaring bird.
Long wings and tail.
Body feathers entirely blackish-brown.
Red head mostly unfeathered.
Size: 64-81 cm (25-32 in)
Wingspan: 170-178 cm (67-70 in)
Weight: 2000 g (70.6 ounces)

Sex Differences:
Sexes appear similar, but female slightly larger.

Usually silent. Makes hiss at carcasses, roosts, and nest.

Cool Facts:
The Turkey Vulture uses its sense of smell to locate carrion. The part of its brain responsible for processing smells is particularly large, compared to other birds. Its heightened ability to detect odors allows it to find dead animals below a forest canopy.

The Turkey Vulture maintains stability and lift at low altitudes by holding its wings up in a slight dihedral (V-shape) and teetering from side to side while flying. It flies low to the ground to pick up the scent of dead animals.
Like its stork relatives, the Turkey Vulture often defecates on its own legs, using the evaporation of the water in the feces to cool itself down.
The Turkey Vulture usually forages alone, unlike its smaller, more social relative, the Black Vulture. Although one Turkey Vulture can dominate a single Black Vulture at a carcass, usually such a large number of Black Vultures appear that they can overwhelm a solitary Turkey Vulture and take most of the food.


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  • berek (0)
  • [2005-11-10 1:42]

Hi Manyee

Nice capture. i like to position of the bird.
thanks for your sharing.


Hi Manyee.
Very good moment you captured! Nice composition! Very well done! Thanks for posting.

He's got his eye on you.

Nice position and composition. Good contrast with the sky. Nice details of the plumage.

Manyee, Well composed and a nice pose as your vulture looks hard left creating a circular flow. Good details & light. Looks nice against the blue sky also. Excellent note. Well done & Thank You!

Hi Manyee,
They are huge, and ugly, yet have a beauty all their own. Another one of natures garbagemen. Well captured here. Excellent colors and detail.
Great note. made me laugh thinking about it.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-10 16:18]

Manyee, I guess we don't have them here in Brazil, although I'm not sure about it.

Great composition, pov and contrast.

A very instructive note too.

Well captured Manyee,
Sorry it's a rushed visit tonight.
Your post is well worth a big green smile.
Thanks for posting

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