Some are repulsed by this bird but I find them fascinating. They have a keen sense of smell which allows them to locate a dead animal up to 12 miles away and they live upwards to 16 years of age. Captive birds have been known to live as much as 30 years.
This fine fellow posed for me near Devils Tower Wyoming.
There is a healthy population of Turkey Vultures where I live here in Sonoma County in northern California. Nearby my home the county regularly drops off a road kill deer and the Turkey Vultures faithfully do their duty. Perhaps someday I'll do some photos of them enjoying their free handout, although I suspect some people would rather not see that.
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