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A common sight in rural Maryland, USA, is the turkey buzzard also known as the turkey vulture. Although when first seen chowing down by the side of the road the sight of them can be a bit of a jolt, having lived in this area for a couple of decades now, I respect the clean-up work they perform for us.
This is a compilation of several images. Both the original landscape and the buzzard were shot with the Nikon D300, the landscape with the Nikon 18-200mm vr with the UV filter in rural Howard county near Jennings Chapel Road (sorry, I get a bit lost sometimes so can’t be precise) and the buzzard with the Nikon 70-300mm vr lens and UV filter at Conowingo Dam. The texture is courtesy of CG Textures.
“The Turkey Vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. It finds its meals using its keen vision and sense of smell, flying low enough to detect the gasses produced by the beginnings of the process of decay in dead animals. In flight, it uses thermals to move through the air, flapping its wings infrequently. It roosts in large community groups. Lacking a syrinx—the vocal organ of birds—its only vocalizations are grunts or low hisses. It nests in caves, hollow trees, or thickets, each year generally raising two chicks, which it feeds by regurgitation. It has very few natural predators. In the United States of America, the vulture receives legal protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.”
Info courtesy of Wikipedia.
Also available buzzard-free … lol