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.
Prairie dog? Must have flown a loooong way.
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.
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...
It was probably a gopher I don’t think we have prairie dogs. Still a neat picture!
The vultures are good for the environment because they eat up dead animals, don't kill.
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.
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.
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.