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Vulture Airways Grounded

While we’re used to seeing Turkey Vultures soaring above us, there are days when these large birds spend more time perched in trees.


Turkey Vultures rely on thermal updrafts to glide and soar with very few wingbeats. Why? Because wingbeats, especially when they involve large broad wings, require quite a bit of energy. On cloudy days there are fewer updrafts to help them fly, so Turkey Vultures

conserve energy and remain perched in trees.


Here is a pair of Turkey Vultures photographed on a cloudy day at Jack Layton Park.


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