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Turkey Buzzards

By handlerstudio  
While biking on a side road near the Cape May Canal, I came upon a remarkable scene. There were five Turkey Buzzards all going after the carcass of a dead raccoon. They were fighting over it, but I could not get close enough with the Canon S-200 to capture them all. They flew off, perched on nearby trees and a roof, but only a couple came back for more, and I captured what I could with the telephoto I had. The image quality is not so great, but the image of these rather ugly and rather necessary birds, the "garbagemen" that scavenge and help clean up dead animals, was too much to leave. I got what I could, and have in my minds eye the image of five on the dead raccoon.

Back from my sailing trip, with many photos to show a bit later, and off on Thursday to a craft show for the weekend. Opera tomorrow, so I may not get to my computer late. It is pretty late now, so my apologies for not having the time to go over many of the images of you, my friends. If not tomorrow, I'll be back next Monday.


Tags: Photo journalism Wildlife and nature Turkey Buzzards

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
2 Oct 2013 5:00AM
Interesting name these not to handsome guys have Peter ! It must have been quite a sight te see them in action !! Great captures considering.... Smile Thanx for sharing !!

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Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2013 6:54AM
How interesting! ugly faces poor things (only a mother could love them) Grin
But they are good as part of Nature's recyclers when there are dead animals about they do a good clean up...
Good captures... IB
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Oct 2013 1:50PM
I am laughing---- I came across one eating a raccoon just last week--- He was HUGE--- That time of year I guess----The clean up guys~
Potra 5 Venezuela
14 Oct 2013 3:02AM
V3 is a good capture of this large bird.

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