Yesterday I was working at my computer when I heard a rather loud thunk followed by more thumping. I went over to the other window in my office and found this fine feathered friend on my sill, looking in at me. Well, more likely it was looking at itself reflected in the class of the window.
Always a little creepy when the turkey vultures hover too close. Still, in the years I’ve lived down here in Florida I have grown to have a great appreciation for these creatures. (Okay, this is about to get graphic. You’ve been warned.)
Yes, it is gross that they eat things that have previously died — and seem to prefer when those creatures have had time to ripen before digging it. I’ve seen them stand around a dead critter for hours waiting for just the right…I’m not sure what. However, they do a really fine job of cleaning up things like road kill. I’ve seen a medium dear disappear within 24 hours of the beginning of the feasting.