Kip’s Comments 4-16-18

Turkey Vulture in Tree - Image 496552 (© Kip Ladage)

 
Story Tellers

I would be surprised to learn that most people do what I do when I see a large number of turkey vultures in one area. Some may find the gatherings interesting and move on. When possible, I do my best to find the “attraction” for the vultures. The birds do not realize that their presence tells a story that almost always ended with death.

In today’s case I noticed a couple dozen or more turkey vultures roosting in trees near the Wapsipinicon River. First I documented their presence, then I began looking around. In this case death occurred to a whitetail deer. Its fur, tissue, and skeletal remains were found down in the ditch not far from the turkey vultures. My best guess is this was the final chapter in a car vs deer collision.    

Turkey Vultures in Tree:

Turkey Vultures in Tree - Image 496574 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vultures in Tree – Image 496574 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vultures in Tree - Image 496538 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vultures in Tree – Image 496538 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vultures in Tree - Image 496579 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vultures in Tree – Image 496579 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vulture in Tree - Image 496552 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vulture in Tree – Image 496552 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vulture in Tree - Image 496602 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vulture in Tree – Image 496602 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turkey Vulture in Tree - Image 496598 (© Kip Ladage)

Turkey Vulture in Tree – Image 496598 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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