Turkey Vulture

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The Turkey Vulture is one of the strangest of the winged creatures here on the island. Its naked red head seems all  out of proportion to the rest of it’s large body. Soaring overhead, its broad span casts a shadow on the grass, and at rest on the tangle of dead limbs, its folded pinions make the high collared look caricatured in drawings of vultures and vampires.

On its stark perch, the image above is one that, for me, holds an ominous tension. It is not what I would call a ‘beautiful’ bird, but it is a marvel of design and function, consuming carrion right down to the bone,  finding its life in the scouring of the shore and forest.

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