Turkey Vulture at Holey Land WMA

 
 
 
Turkey Vulture at Holey Land WMA

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – HOLEYLAND WMA, FL

Turkey Vulture photographed in the Holey Land Wildlife Management Area off of Deem City, Florida. The camera used in this photo is a Nikon D90 with a Tamron 28-300mm telephoto lens.

Turkey Vulture Trivia:

The Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura, is a bird found throughout most of the Americas. It also known in some North American regions as the Turkey Buzzard (or just “buzzard”), and in some areas of the Caribbean as the John Crow or Carrion Crow. One of three species in the genus Cathartes, in the family Cathartidae, the Turkey Vulture is the most widespread of the New World vultures, ranging from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts. A large bird, the turkey vulture has a wingspan of 170–183 cm (67–72 in), a length of 64–81 cm (25–32 in), and weight of 0.85–2.26 kg (1.9–5 lb).  It has dark brown to black plumage; a featherless, purplish-red head and neck; and a short, hooked, ivory-colored beak. Its life expectancy in the wild ranges upward of 16 years, with a captive life span of over 20 years being possible.

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.

 

Subject Photo exif Data

  • Aperture - ƒ/8
  • Camera - NIKON D90
  • Date Created - February 28, 2010, 4:29 am
  • Focal length - 220mm
  • Iso - 3200
  • Shutter speed - 1/1000
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5 Comments

 
  1. Marla2121 says:

    Love it!

  2. Eric58 says:

    How do you find these subjects?

  3. BeeHive.121 says:

    This is such amazing photography

  4. Janice says:

    Are you strictly Florida based? Your pix are excellent.

  5. @DancAnyway says:

    Fantastic photo, Alan.

 

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