Turkey Vulture, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

A turkey vulture rests on a post.

Turkey Vulture, Point Reyes National Seashore

This turkey vulture is one of a few that were feeding on a skunk carcass on the Pierce Point Road.  Turkey vultures or turkey buzzards get their name because their heads resemble a turkey’s.  When you see them riding the thermals you may think they are using their eyes to find carrion, but in fact they rely more on their sense of smell.  They lack a nasal septum and in profile you can see in one nostril and out the other.  Note the very long front toes.

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About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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4 Responses to Turkey Vulture, Point Reyes National Seashore, Marin County, California

  1. Cole Slater says:

    We saw that same skunk carcass today on Pierce Point Road. It’s ribcage was dangling out. We also saw several coyote and a bobcat. The day started off sunny but the fog sure came in quick didn’t it.

  2. Alan says:

    Nice shot Jim. So, how do you get all these birds to pose so nicely on posts for you?… 🙂

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