Black Vultures

One of the most common birds found in Myakka River State Park is the Black Vulture. Usually in groups, they are very interesting and curious birds. As I visited Deep Hole to photograph the gators, the vultures became interested in me and one-by-one, they began to fly across Deep Hole, near where I was located. After a few minutes, the vultures walked over to where I was and just a few feet away. Intently watching every move I made, they would circle around me. Never a threat to me, but it was interesting to watch their behavior. Here are a few of my favorites I captured during that hike to Deep Hole.

From their perches, they would fly across Deep Hole to where I was located:

Black Vulture flies over Deep Hole

As they flew across, they would gather about 30-40 feet to my right (notice the gators in the background):

Black Vultures gather at the edge of Deep Hole

One-by-one, they became “brave” and would strut over to where I was sitting, stop in front of me, and check me out:

Black Vulture closeup

Black Vulture closeup

Black Vulture closeup

Looking much like prehistoric animals, I always enjoy watching/photographing them at Myakka River State Park.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark II body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 400 (all)
  • Aperture f/5.6 to f/8
  • Shutter 1/640 sec to 1/1250 sec.



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