Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Second Ugliest Vulture

As if Vultures weren't dismal-enough creatures already, the Black vulture had to one-up the infamous Turkey Vulture by appearing even more morose, even more black. That being said, I submit that the Black Vulture, despite its morbid coloration, is more aesthetically pleasing than the Turkey. 
Both can congregate in terrifyingly large kettles and should not be taken lightly...


This group of thirty or more Vultures was hanging out near a water tank on Old Arlington School road.  Perhaps there was a large family reunion, or else the Vultures knew some of group was having a large reunion and were also not long for this world. Whatever the case, they were planning something. Friends to the bitter end...


Told in flight by their silvery fingertips (unlike Turkey Vultures, whose entire wing primaries are translucent), their stockier build and their all-black heads, these buzzards minimize the disgusting facial features of the Turkey Vulture, and prove once again that black is a comparably flattering color, especially if you're got a dubious reputation already, as many Vultures do.