Yesterday on my walk I saw this turkey vulture perched in his tree. It was just after sunrise and he was still in the shade. When I circled back around the small lake he was still there warming in the bright sun. This was the first time I’ve seen one close enough to photograph.
After taking several sunny pictures I walked a while on a nearby path. At one point I heard birds in the area and looked up. Several huge birds were circling the area. When I took a photo and zoomed in, I realized they were turkey vultures.
I looked up a few turkey vulture facts that are always good to know 😊
- Turkey vultures are the only scavenger birds that can’t kill their prey.
- Turkey vultures have an extraordinary sense of smell. They have been known to be able to smell carrion from over a mile away, which is very unique in the bird world. The turkey vulture has the largest olfactory (smelling) system of all birds.
- Turkey vultures average 2 1/2 feet tall with a 6 foot wingspan. In spite of their large size, they only weigh about 3 pounds.
- Turkey vultures have been known to live up to 24 years. The average age is estimated to be around 20 years.
- Vultures help clean up the environment by eating the flesh off dead animals before it rots and causes disease.
- This facts were found on the Chattahoochee Nature Center website
Another cool bird discovery 😎
Let us praise the noble turkey vulture: No one envies him; he harms nobody; and he contemplates our little world from a most serene and noble height.
~ Edward Abbey