Totally captivated in 2007 by the live camera feed of the Hornby Island nesting Bald Eagles in B.C., I was drawn into birding and have never looked back. Thus begins my account of what I'm fortunate enough to discover each day and perhaps capture with my camera.

Unless otherwise stated, all images were taken by and are the property of Janice Melendez

Species Counts:

2014 Final Year List: 255; 2015 Year List a/o June 5, 2015: 235; Life List: 327

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Discovery

Last year at the cottage saw several close encounters with Turkey Vultures, beginning in June...

...and again in July:

By early September the fall colours in the Kawarthas were already impressive, so off I went at dawn one morning:

But it was while exploring a new area along a winding road that I made a discovery:

A Turkey Vulture roost!

A cast of Turkey Vultures.
A committee of Turkey Vultures.
A meal of Turkey Vultures.
A wake of Turkey Vultures. 

I wasn't sure how spooked these gregarious goofs would be by my presence but I soon learned it wasn't an issue as they continued with their fascinating morning routine:


Mouth stretches:


More mouth stretches:


More scratching:

Warming up:

More preening:


More preening:

More mouth stretches:

Balancing, before heading out to cruise for dead stuff:

Making room for more dead stuff teehee:

Drying wings by facing the morning sun:

Watching one's neighbour...

...and then deciding to distance oneself from one's neighbour:

Checking out new visitors to the roost:

And so it began, my love affair with these characters, to be continued...

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