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Hawk-like critter

Discussion in 'Flora & Fauna' started by Left Turn, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Left Turn

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    I realized I had never shared these photos.

    This fellow was Not Happy that I was walking by one January morning.

    [No idea of the specific critter, but he sure is pretty!] (since IDd by the good folks here as as Turkey Buzzard)

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    Brown's Ravine trail, Folsom Lake SRA
     
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  2. Chert

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    Looks like a turkey vulture to me.

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    Condor?
     
  4. Chert

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    I think the condors underwings color scheme is the opposite of this ones. All the pictures show white on the upper part of the underwing, where this bird has the white on the bottom part. I'm by no means a bird expert, so it could be a condor.

    Condor:

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    turkey vulture maybe?
     
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    That is what it looks like to me.
     
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    Yea looks like a Turkey Buzzard
     
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    Yep, Turkey vulture!
     
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    Turkey vulture. A friend of mine found one had nested inside his deer stand (box stand). You can imagine the smell.
     
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    We call that your every day run-of-the-mill buzzard around here.......nasty critters.
     
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    there is a trail I hiked a few years back it was a warm day and after a heavy rain. as I crested a hill there was all these bare old snags, in the branches was a group of turkey vulture with there wings out stretched like this...they were all slowly rotating like radar dishes, they were drying there wings I suppose in the sun. It was rather erie looking and I even have a soft spot for the buggers.
     
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    Dont stand under one of those things. The digestive juices are regurgitated as a self defense mechanism. Smells like death too lmao. Its a buzzard. :46:
     
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    I've seen wild turkeys do that on the road just outside my window (100yds). They come out of the woods after a rain or heavy dew and preen and dry themselves.
     
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    Thanks for the ID. I'll add that to the original post (and my feeble memory).
     
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    I remember seeing dozens of them Turkey Vultures in Northern California around the Sacramento area. First time I'd seen a vulture so quite interesting to me, that and Ravens.
     
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    Thumbs up to the turkey vulture
     
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    Your Turkey Buzzard may not have been mad at your presense. The will often spread their wings like that to cool their body temperature.

    We have a lot of them around where I live. Probably due to the number of senior citizens around here. :18:
     
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    Turkey Buzzard !
     
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    Turkey Vulture for sure. I guess turkey vulture and turkey buzzard same thing just called different depending on where you're from?
     
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    After coming off the roost at night the feathers are wet with dew. They spread their wings out like that to dry out the feathers and warm up from the sun. Usually in the morning in a nice sunny spot or after a rain as well.
     
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    We just call em buzzards around here and there's plenty of them. They clean up the road kill.
     
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    Ugly but really neat animals. They have highly developed scent as well as eyesight. They are able to locate dead things under trees. You will find them skimming along at tree top level looking for a meal. The black vultures will follow turkey vultures to try and get a free meal that they can't find themselves.
     
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    Turkey buzzards around here too. I know them well, hit one while riding my murdercycle once... Messy!
     

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