There is an important purpose to the vulture's bald head. When the vulture is eating carrion, it must often stick its head inside the carcass to reach the meat. A feathery head would capture unwanted pieces of the vulture's meal (just like food can stick in men's beards), along with all the bacteria such pieces would host. The bald head, ultimately, is a matter of hygiene for vultures. - Turkey Vulture Facts
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura
Thank you for the info, Liam. I didn't know that.
who did you capture here? fantastic to see..! only don't like the way he eats..: bleeeh...but its good and hygeniec for him! great catch! like for the shot!
Beautiful,great dof! L3
I like it.
Great capture! Like greetings Evan
LIKED Liam and thanks for the info...Marion
Nice shot of this vulture. I've had them flying around the hay field, going after mice.
Yup, your info is spot on Liam, but I have a mate who sports a bald pate, he has to wear a hat when the sun shines, what precautions does the bald e headded vulture take to avoid sunburn?
Superb portrait of the subject, did you tempt it with roadkill or a tin of Spam?
Maybe that is why his head is already red:)
Great shot and info Liam! Like!
In this case, Liam, "bald is not beautiful"... Nice pic though! Like
I remember this! xD
Nice catch! like
Dear Liam, beautiful photo. Excellent colors & sharp details. I would not have expected these scavengers in that area. Always thought that they were in more wild areas. LIKE and greetings from Holland, Jan
Very beautiful shot! Like
Thanks, Alina, Els, Denis, Karel, Evan, Marion, Laurel, Joyfotos, Marlene, Kyle, Haokmtu, and Sababoy!
Mike - I'm not sure if birds get sunburned, but if so, this guy definitely has one. ;)
Jan - I always see vultures in this area. It's almost perfect habitat with wide open country on one side of the road, and forested woodlands on the other. Also, people tend to drive very fast on this road, ending in roadkill. :)
Warmest wishes, Liam
Interesting, I did not know that about the bald head but it makes sense. You sure have lots of great critter shots Liam.
Beautiful he ain't, but the photo certainly is! Thanks for the explanations, most interesting,
P.S. Thanks for putting the photo on the map, I like to see where the animals are!
Very nice photo. LIKE !
Greetings from Serbia
Very beautiful picture. LIKE.
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