"Murphy was an optimist!"
We ain’t completely cityfied yet December 16, 2006 12:12 pmPosted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Environment, Of Interest
On the drive home from getting Tommy from his visit with the grandparents, I spied 3 American Black Vultures feasting on a road kill (see last paragraph). I tried to photograph them with my cellphone but fumbled when the car behind me got irritated and started tooting its horn. I do love seeing interesting wildlife.
These are very large birds of prey at 65cm length and with a 1.5m wingspan. Their plumage is mainly glossy black; they have broad wings with white tips, a short tail and a featherless greyish head. In comparison with the Turkey Vulture, the Black Vulture flaps its wings more frequently during flight. … Though not having any natural predators, they have become scarce in some areas due to lack of suitable nesting habitat. [Source]