Being Bald is Hygienic (See First Comment)

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((Ospr3y)) on July 11, 2011

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

Alina Sbitneva on July 11, 2011

Thank you for the info, Liam. I didn't know that.

LIKE Alina

els f-two on July 11, 2011

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!

Denis Kolec on July 11, 2011

Beautiful,great dof! L3

Karel H. on July 11, 2011

Great shot.

I like it.

Best regards,Karel

☆E@GLE☆ on July 12, 2011

Great capture! Like greetings Evan

Cindy Breen on July 12, 2011

LIKED Liam and thanks for the info...Marion

Laurel211 on July 12, 2011

Nice shot of this vulture. I've had them flying around the hay field, going after mice.

♥♥TRIKER12 on July 12, 2011

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?


joyfotos on July 12, 2011

Maybe that is why his head is already red:)

Great shot and info Liam! Like!

~Marlene~ on July 12, 2011

In this case, Liam, "bald is not beautiful"... Nice pic though! Like

Cheers, Marlene

Kyle Wolff on July 13, 2011

I remember this! xD

Nice catch! like

Cheers, Kyle

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on July 13, 2011

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

Haokmtu on July 13, 2011

Very beautiful shot! Like


Hadi Natureboy (Saba… on July 14, 2011

Adorable shot!


((Ospr3y)) on July 17, 2011

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

Cal Kimola Brown on July 19, 2011

Interesting, I did not know that about the bald head but it makes sense. You sure have lots of great critter shots Liam.

Urszula K. on July 20, 2011

Beautiful he ain't, but the photo certainly is! Thanks for the explanations, most interesting,


greetings, Urszula.

P.S. Thanks for putting the photo on the map, I like to see where the animals are!

Слободан Чавић on July 25, 2011

Very nice photo. LIKE !

Greetings from Serbia

senmax on July 31, 2011

Very beautiful picture. LIKE.

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