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Captured at Kemptville, Ontario, Canada.
The Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), also called Vulture is one of three species of birds of prey genus Cathartes, the family of Cathartidae.
It has the widest range of vultures in the New World : it is now southern Canada to southern South America.
It occurs in a wide variety of open habitats and semi-open with forests subtropical shrub lands, the grasslands and deserts .
The Turkey Vulture has a large average of 1.80 meters for an average weight of 1.4 kg. The color of its plumage varies from dark brown to black head and neck were red and without feathers, and his short hooked bill is ivory in color.
With its long broad wings, it uses flight the upslope winds for gliding, not flying its wings rarely.
He has no syrinx and indeed its vocalizations consist of grunts and whistles.
The Turkey Vulture nest in cavities of hollow trees or bushes and generally raises two chicks each year that feeds regurgitated food. For U.S. and Canada , it is protected by the Act on the Convention on Migratory Birds .
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Shutter speed priority: 1/1300 sec.
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2x extender@400mm