A Turkey Vulture coming pondside for a morning drink in the Village Creek Drying Beds, Arlington, Texas.

A Turkey Vulture coming to the pond's edge for his morning drink.
A Turkey Vulture coming to the pond’s edge for his morning drink.
The vulture approached the water cautiously.
The vulture approached the water cautiously.
Kneeling to take a drink.
Kneeling to take a drink.
A Turkey Vulture drinking from one of the holding tanks at the VCDB.
A Turkey Vulture drinking from one of the holding tanks at the VCDB.
After drinking, the vulture checks his surroundings.
After drinking, the vulture checks his surroundings.
After stepping away from the water, the Turkey Vulture began to fiddle with this stick.
After stepping away from the water, the Turkey Vulture began to fiddle with this stick.
The vulture quickly lost interest in the stick...
The vulture quickly lost interest in the stick…
...and prepared to fly away.
…and prepared to fly away.
It takes a lot of effort to get the big Turkey Vulture airborne.
It takes a lot of effort to get the big Turkey Vulture airborne.
Once in the air, the vulture did not attempt to gain much altitude.
Once in the air, the vulture did not attempt to gain much altitude.
Instead, he just landed again on the far side of the pond.
Instead, he just landed again on the far side of the pond.
A pond hopping Turkey Vulture.
A pond hopping Turkey Vulture.

Observation Details

County Tarrant
City Arlington
Date Mar 9, 2013
Time of Day Midmorning
Temperature Cool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
Weather Overcast
Habitat Water-Bog/Marsh/Swamp
Type of Behavior Drinking, Roaming
Gender Uncertain
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Turkey Vulture Observation Location