The largest soaring bird species of Eastern North America. The Turkey Vulture can be distinguished from the Black Vulture in Southeastern USA by the reddish colored head. Black Vultures have a black head, and are smaller in comparison by wing & length standards.
Soaring over open woodlands, coastal areas, almost all open areas, where they can easily spot decaying animal matter on the ground.
I watched these vultures circling an area of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and they gradually worked their way towards me looking for food they could scavenge. These photos were the best ones I could take as they drifted overhead. These photos were taken with a Canon EF100-400 f/4-f/5.6 lens mounted on a Canon Rebel T2i.
Lat: 36.65, Long: -75.90
Spotted on Aug 4, 2012
Submitted on Aug 9, 2012