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This vulture patiently posed (or it kept on eye on me, showing no aggression or fear.) The black vulture is a large bird of prey with black feathers. The head is bare; the skin a dark gray. While generally regarded as a scavenger, black vultures can kill young or injured mammals. This vulture hunts by sight rather than smell. It also follows vultures that hunt by smell to carrion.
Spotted pond-side, near a bayou. The black vulture prefers open habitats of various types.
The black vulture is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the USA.
Spotted on Feb 10, 2012
Submitted on Feb 11, 2012