Top Ten Win in Vultures/Condors challenge in Nature Photography Challenge on June 26th, 2011.
Top Ten Win in Most Unusual Bird Challenge in The Group on May 26th, 2011.
The turkey vulture is a large raptor, nearly as large as an eagle. Males and females are almost identical in appearance. The small head is completely bare, in sharp contrast to the brownish-black feathers covering the rest of the body, except for the legs. Their beaks are sharp and pointed for tearing meat and their talons are designed for gripping rather than killing.
This raptor rocks or teeters in flight like a tightrope walker with arms extended for balance. They rarely flap their wings as they prefer to soar. The trailing edge of their wings is silver, contrasting sharply with their black underparts when seen from below.
Photographed at the Birds of Prey Centre in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada.
Canon EOS 50D
Focal length:300 mm
Exposure:1/400 at f/8