Turkey Vulture in Action

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Turkey Vulture in Action
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By Michael

On Figueroa Mountain Road, I saw a turkey vulture fly by with a prairie dog in its beak. This is what it looked like a few minutes later. And a few minutes later, all that remained were fur and bones.

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a-1575961750 Feb 05, 2018 12:56 PM
Turkey Vulture in Action

If the gophers around here get to the size of that carcass----be afraid, be VERY afraid. My guess is it's a Brazilian Giant river otter. (Being facetious.) FYI, y'all: Turkey vultures don't carry dead animal bodies a-n-y-w-h-e-r-e. Turkey vultures feed where they find the remains, in situ, they aren't built for hauling around dead animals.

oceandrew Feb 05, 2018 10:26 AM
Turkey Vulture in Action

Doesn't really matter if it's one burrowing rodent or another this impressive flier is munching on, it's not an ordinary sight to see one feasting away. Nice capture.

Artemisia Feb 05, 2018 07:54 AM
Turkey Vulture in Action

More likely a ground squirrel than a gopher, possibly found dead on the road since a vulture would not catch a gopher. Hopefully not poisoned.

Flicka Feb 04, 2018 05:46 PM
Turkey Vulture in Action

The vultures are good for the environment because they eat up dead animals, don't kill.

420722 Feb 04, 2018 02:35 PM
Turkey Vulture in Action

It was probably a gopher I don’t think we have prairie dogs. Still a neat picture!

Shasta Guy Feb 04, 2018 01:59 PM
Turkey Vulture in Action

Thanks for sharing nature at work. It's not neat or pretty. I hate to be that snarky guy, but turkey vultures eat carrion which technically is not prey since the birds are not predators...

tagdes Feb 04, 2018 11:19 AM
Turkey Vulture in Action

An Albatross will carry food for it's young 10,000 miles so I guess a vulture might venture over to Utah or Colorado and back for a quick snack.

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