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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura




July 6, 2004 09:25 AM MST


This is an oldie which I've attempted to copy from a favorite photo. On this hike in 2004, I was on a high ridge trail, playing around trying to tempt a distant vulture to come closer. What I tried was to stand partially behind a bush while holding out my baseball cap and fluttering it in a way I hoped resembled an injured bird. Pretty dumb, yes? Amazingly enough, whether for the reason I imagined, or simply because the intelligent avian was trying to figure out what the crazy human was up to, he turned and passed by the ridge nearly at eye level looking directly at me! He continued to complete a lazy circle before losing interest and lifting on an air current to glide on his way.