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Maybe not pretty birds, but beautiful fliers

Turkey Vultures, or ‘buzzards’ as some may call them, probably wouldn’t win any bird beauty contests. Their featherless red head and white bill are unique and perhaps only a face a mother could love.

However, when they take to the skies, they soar with the greatest of ease and their sheer size will oftentimes have folks mistake them for eagles or large hawks.

This past weekend I came across 10 or so of these circling some fields, most likely looking for a meal. Having so many of these large birds in one area circling is not unusual but it is a pretty cool sight to see. The kettle was kind enough to oblige with a number of flyovers allowing me to get some nice in-flight shots.

Taken in Longmont, Colorado.

A Turkey Vulture in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey Vulture in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey Vulture in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey Vulture in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey Vulture in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey Vulture in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey Vulture in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey Vulture in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Two Turkey Vultures perform a flyby. While their faces may not be pretty, these large birds are beautiful in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

Two Turkey Vultures perform a flyby. While their faces may not be pretty, these large birds are beautiful in flight. (© Tony’s Takes)

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