There are A LOT of turkey vultures in California. I had never seen one before and was very excited to see this very interesting looking bird.
When I first saw them flying overhead, I thought they were some type of hawk. But then I got closer and saw the distinct difference.
One morning a dead seal washed up on the shore in front of the place we were staying and the vultures descended en mass. The seal was removed by the end of the day, but the vultures remained.
10 Replies to “California: Turkey Vultures”
OH wow I would have thought this was a hawk too! I think I might have Eagles in my back pasture where the tall trees are? They seem to hunt at night and when I let my dog out they will circle my yard! I’m wondering now if they might be turkey vultures. I’ve never heard of this bird before. Wonderful photos Wow! 🙂
I’d love to have eagles in my back yard. 🙂 I see them occasionally here and have been able to get a few photos of them, but I’d love to get more.
Oh me too! They seem to stay away and soar in huge circles in my back field. I really love your photos! 💛
Very cool photos. I just happen to capture on in Oregon this week too. 😀
I live in central Oregon and have never seen one of these. I’m sure they have them along the coast.
Beautiful, majestic birds . . . they look like stately politicians or heads of states feeding on voters.
Oops . . . didn’t mean to insult vultures by comparing them to politicians.
Seriously, nice shots.
They are a lot of fun to watch. I don’t know what the scientists say, but in my own mind I think they are very much the intellectual equivalent of the crows and ravens.
I think you’re probably right. Very interesting birds.