One of a pair of Bald Eagles making figure-eight shapes together over S. Jackson St. in Seattle.
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)
20 January 2017
Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Isle du Bois
Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas
This Turkey Vulture separated from several others who were flying far higher than it, and came down and past us to take a look-see, before effortlessly lifting its wings upward and away into the distance.
The Accipitriformes is an order that has been proposed to include most of the diurnal birds of prey: hawks, eagles, vultures, and many others, about 225 species in all. For a long time, the majority view has been to include them with the falcons in the Falconiformes, but some authorities have recognized a separate Accipitriformes. A recent DNA study has indicated that falcons are not closely related to the Accipitriformes, being instead related to parrots and...