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Old Monday 7th November 2011, 22:14   #1
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Large Black Bird w/ white under the wings and a red/orange beak...

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I live in Southern California, and I saw a large bird (hawk size or maybe even a little bigger) yesterday afternoon, that was all black except for the underneath of its wings were white, and it had a orange/red beak. At first there was just one soaring around, then another, then another...till there were 6 or 8 or them. All very black and very white under their wings with bright orange/red beaks. Their wing spans were at least as wide as a large hawk. I don't think I've ever seen these types of birds in my area. Anyone know what they were?

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Old Monday 7th November 2011, 22:16   #2
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Sounds like Turkey Vultures? I'll look for a link to one so you can compare.

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Here's a pic of one on the ground with its wings stretched out

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And here's one in flight:

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