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Black Vultures

Posted by Linn Smith on December 21, 2020 at 8:18 am
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I took this photo of Black Vultures on February 12, 2020 by the shoreline of Lake Jessup in Oviedo, Florida, home to a wide variety of wildlife.   

A dead fish had washed up on the grassy shore area of the lake, and a horde of Black Vultures were in the stage of consuming it. I have witnessed a mass of vultures eating before and have noticed how orderly they are about the process. Each individual vulture is only given so much time to take some bites and then must retreat and let another vulture eat. They rotate one after another to allow all of them to share in the meal.

When photographing their action on this day, one vulture took more time than was allowed and was scolded by whoever was in charge and forced out of the group that was feasting. A mate or a close associate came over to the chastised vulture and tried to console the banished vulture by wrapping its wings over its body.  It was an extremely touching and moving moment and I felt very fortunate to have captured it.