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Glenn Pollock for Oakland County Parks NestWatch, Michigan

Milford, Milford Township, MI, United States


I was lucky enough to catch this turkey vulture as he was soaring in a thermal with the sun to his back. The resulting beautiful golden hue through his spread wings is simply stunning.


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A Turkey Vulture Catching A Thermal

3 responses to “A Turkey Vulture Catching a Thermal”

  1. Robyn Bailey says:

    Hey, looks like a Turkey Vulture. Check out the difference in the under-wing pattern: Osprey have a dark trailing edge.

    • Glenn Pollock says:

      I believe you’re correct Robyn. Good call! When I photographed this bird, I was near an osprey platform at Kensington Metropark and I ‘assumed’ it must have been an osprey. I need to pay closer attention!

  2. Jim Akers says:

    I agree. shape of beak and head makes me think of T. Vulture.

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