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Old Saturday 16th December 2017, 13:54   #26
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It is hard to tell from the photographs but I am pretty sure they are Turkey Vultures.

Turkey Vultures are larger than Red-tailed Hawks and easier to identify at a distance when they are soaring which they do almost constantly, flapping their wings occasionally to stay within the thermals.

A month or so ago near my home, for a couple of days, 4 of them congregated around a dead tree similar to the one shown in the 1st post herein before they migrated south. I assumed they were a family because 2 of them had red heads and 2 of them did not, indicating they might have been this years fledglings.

Eagle are visibly much larger than Turkey Vultures which rock side to side when they are soaring and gliding, holding their wings in a high V shaped dihedral, while Bald Eagles have a large head and long neck and soar and glide on flat wings. Golden Eagles soar and glide with a slight dihedral.


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