this is the last pcture on this post you want to see

Turkey Vulture over dandelions

I must warn you that the above picture is not very indicative of the rest of the pictures on this post.  In fact, I found watching a vulture flying over flowers was almost too much for my brain to comprehend, like when you eat a spoonful of ice cream and then have a sip of hot tea, and, eventually, you forget which is hot and which is cold.  Turkey Vultures are nasty, foul, ugly birds.  But, on the other hand, they are a bird.

So, a warning:  Don’t look at the following pictures unless you think looking at a Turkey Vulture eating a very dead raccoon is something you want to see.  Instead, go look at some ducklings.  The picture below is just a hint at the ugliness you are about to witness.

a face only a mother could love

Now for the nastiness:


mmm…rotting flesh…mmm

what, i can’t use my feet too?

Sorry about that.  I had to balance the ducklings.

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.