You may wonder
what this Big carrion-muncher is doing in Songbird pages.
The answer is that GardenGrapevine.com discovered a
Nest with Eggs
of these unusual and little-documented Gliders of the Sky,
and followed their growth with a Camera.
Parent Vulture (assumed to be female) left the Nest and flew to a
Nearby Locust Tree filled with fragrant Spring Blossoms, where it
spread its Wings in a gliding posture. Note the bare head which was
created without Feathers to facilitate cleaning of a Head that gets
thrust inside dead Animals.
the normal clutch of two large speckled Eggs lies in a shallow
may be natural or formed by the Female Vulture. They are the size of
Goose Eggs. The location is under
the protective cover of Rocks and storm-downed Trees in an area which
is not frequented by Humans.
like a cross between a Penguin and a Woodpecker, who would guess that
these downy white Hatchlings would turn into big black Gliders of the
The outstretched Wings are accompanied by a loud hissing meant to make
them appear large and formidable, and scare off potential predators.
sharp Beak can tear bits of flesh carried by the parents. The extra large Nostrils
and Nasal Cavities are created to detect the
stench of rotting Carrion on the ground far below the gliding Birds.
the Juvenile Buzzards have left the Nest area. It appears that they have been climbing atop nearby debris, probably
their Wings for their impending Maiden Voyage and their October
Migration when thousands upon thousands will soar a mile high to go as
far as South America.
This was the last photo taken of the juvenile pair. The white baby down
is nearly gone and their wings appear to be fully developed, ready to
elevate them into the air
above the Earth, where their nearly six-foot wing spans will glide them
effortlessly in search of the next Roadkill.
Speaking of Roadkill, this piece was found in the
appears to be from a Raccoon, judging by the hairs indicated with the
three white dots. The white circle indicates fat. Flies and many dead
Maggots can be seen. It has been consumed and regurgitated by the
parents, much the same as Pigeons and Doves feed grain to their own
Buzzards were seen
circling above the empty nest site 2 weeks later.
appeared to be brown as opposed to black.
They were assumed to be these