The photographer reports observing these two Turkey Vultures after stepping outside to check the mail. The birds were in the street, just one house down from the observer’s residence.

The observer only became aware of the birds after reaching his mailbox. At this point he had approached within 30ft/9m of the birds. The vultures were busy feeding on a roadkill squirrel, and were unconcerned with the observer’s proximity.

The observer went back inside to retrieve his camera, and when he returned he discovered that the vultures had relocated to the roof of the house across the street. The observer speculates that an automobile must have driven by while he was inside, forcing the vultures to move.

DateDecember 14, 2006
Time of DayAfternoon
TemperatureWarm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
HabitatResidential-Single Family
Type of BehaviorFeeding