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"Turkey Vulture"
Turkey Vulture:    The Turkey Vulture is one of the few birds of prey that uses the sense of smell to locate food. Their name is in reference to their heads; the featherless red head gives them the appearance of a Wild Turkey. These birds have also been called Buzzards, John Crow, Red-necked Buzzard, and Carrion Crows. Lewis and Clark referred to them as "turkey buzzard".

The name "Vulture" is from the Latin vello meaning "to pluck or tear", describing the bird's feeding method.


"... I saw a turkey buzzard which is the 3rd which I have Seen west of the rocky mountains.    the 1st was on the 7 inst. above quick Sand river. ..." ... Captain William Clark, April 12, 1806, while in the Bonneville Dam to Cascade Locks area


 
Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Turkey Vulture, Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon. Image taken July 15, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Kalama, Washington ...

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Turkey Vulture, Kalama, Washington. Weather overcast and drizzly. Image taken August 2, 2008. Sony H50 "SuperZoom".


Lacamas Lake and Vancouver, Washington ...

Image, 2008, Lacamas Lake, Washington, click to enlarge Image, 2011, Vancouver, Washington, click to enlarge
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Turkey Vulture, juvenile (left), Lacamas Lake, Washington, and adult (right), Vancouver, Washington. Left image taken September 16, 2008, Canon Rebel XSi, 200mm. Right image taken August 27, 2011, Canon Rebel XSi, 300z.


Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2007, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Turkey Vultures, one chasing the other one away. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, August 30, 2007.

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Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washougal, Washington ...

Image, 2010, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washington, click to enlarge
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Turkey Vulture, Steigerwald Lake NWR, Washougal, Washington. Image taken August 28, 2010. Canon Rebel T2i, 300mm.


Troutdale, Oregon ...

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Turkey Vulture, Troutdale, Oregon. Along Swigert Road. Hazy sunshine. Image taken April 7, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington ...

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Turkey Vulture, Vancouver Lake Lowlands, Vancouver, Washington. Lower River Road. Image taken June 14, 2009. Canon EOS 40d, 400mm.


Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington ...

Image, 2011, Woodland Bottoms, Washington, click to enlarge
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Turkey Vulture, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Partly sunny, partly overcast, drizzle. Along the Lewis River. Image taken April 17, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Turkey Vulture, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Partly sunny, partly overcast, drizzle. Along the Lewis River. Image taken April 17, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Turkey Vultures, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Partly sunny, partly overcast, drizzle. Along the Lewis River. Image taken April 17, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Turkey Vulture, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Partly sunny, partly overcast, drizzle. Along the Lewis River. Image taken April 17, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Turkey Vulture, Woodland Bottoms, Woodland, Washington. Partly sunny, partly overcast, drizzle. Along the Lewis River. Image taken April 17, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.



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