Raptors - Ryan Taylor

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Narrows Reserve, Beavercreek, Ohio

A very early raptor shot in my career. I was heading back to my friends vehicle with a friend after an afternoon walk when this Turkey Vulture startled both of us as it flew from behind a dead fallen tree trunk and landed atop a neighboring tree branch. For several minutes we stood taking a barrage of shots as it posed for us almost like a fashion model.

It is not too common to see this bird perched like this unless it were sunning out its' wings. The vulture moved positions several times and after a few minutes left the area. The very menacing look it gave us from this close was apparent.

This moment was one of several that began my interest in bird photography and specifically raptors. Up to that point I had not really seen a bird this big up close and personal in the wild yet! The experience had my heart racing and made for an interesting story until it was over.

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