Tuesday, 30 December, 2008
Last, but not least, in this raptor series is the Turkey Vulture. They always seem so expressive. I've heard they are very intelligent.
The southeastern edge of our forest property on Catoctin Mountain opens into a clearing with a few houses. This fall, the vultures are riding the air currents on the side of the mountain and then coming into roost in the trees at the edge of the forest.
There are about 12-15 of them. I like to watch them circling then coming into to land on a tree branch for the night. There seems to be some territorial disputes over the best branches. They often take off and circle again before trying another branch.
Once they get the right branch, they fold up their wings, pull their heads down ---- and disappear. If I look away for a moment, it's hard to find them again.
(Sony A700, iso 200, -.3 exp comp, 250 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec, tripod), Clinton, CT, November 1, 2008
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