Nature’s Sanitation Crew

One of the most common birds found in Myakka River State Park (Florida) is the vulture. Actually, both the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) and the Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) are found here, although the black vulture seems to seriously outnumber the turkey vultures. And to find them in such an incredible setting as the Myakka River State Park … the landscape here seems turn even the “ugliest” of birds into a showpiece!

The vultures play a key role in the environment, scavenging on all the dead critters. Here are a few of my favorite images of the turkey vultures in the park:

Black Vulture in Spanish moss-covered tree

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Black Vultures in a Spanish moss-covered tree

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, shot from 105mm to 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500 (first 3 images) and 400 (bottom image)
  • Aperture f/8 (all images)
  • Shutter 1/60 sec. (first 3 images) and 1/160 sec. (bottom image)



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