Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Cathartes aura, Cathartidae
Muyil, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Nikon D5100, 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6
November 16, 2014

This weeks photo is of an inquisitive Turkey Vulture checking us out on the shores of the Muyil Lagoon. The fact that Turkey Vultures must fly low enough to detect the order of carrion may explain this and other similar sightings such as the quintuple flyby this summer at Ferry Point Landing. The behaviour can be very convenient as the most definitive way to separate Turkey Vultures from Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures where they co-occur is close examination of the head pattern.

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