I stepped outside to see one, three, seven, eleven Turkey vultures soaring on an unfavourable wind, trying to gain an advantage during their migration. Two turn downwind, I suppose preparing to get a head of steam up to attack the wind.
I arrived home this afternoon ready to go inside. I stepped out of the car, took a moment to look up, and saw quite a few Turkey vultures were soaring directly overhead. After scrambling to get my camera out of the car I was fortunate to capture two of these remarkably graceful animals.
Turkey vultures on the move, playing the wind.
Migratory birds are on the move here. Robins are no linger tut-tutting, killdeer are scarce, have not seen or heard orioles and grosbeaks for a while.
On a recent grey and gloomy day, during an outing that took me to the north shore of Lake Erie, I saw this group of Turkey vultures on the move, headed west along the lake shore to the nearest way around the lake instead of over it. Such graceful birds.
Graceful in flight, not so much on the ground. Nevertheless, important and welcome fellow inhabitants.
I waited almost too long to capture a soaring turkey vulture before it was obscured by a tree.