Turkey Vultures!

This is just a photo that I dug up from 2017 — those great winged horrors that you see are carrion-eating turkey vultures (cathartes aura).  They were seemingly everywhere when I first came to Roanoke that year — but I haven’t seen too many since.  (Or maybe they just haven’t again roosted near enough for me to see them — there are plenty of birds with tremendous wingspans overhead, and I don’t think they’re eagles.)

Turkey vultures are truly ugly beasts.

 

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