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Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus
The Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) is a common scavenger across the southeastern United States southward all the way to South America. Within the United States it ranges north up the east coast to New York and a few may be found as far west as Arizona. The bird shown here was in Real Co., Texas in May, 2003. The image was taken with a Canon 10D and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens.
The two shots at right show the head detail of two different Black Vultures in Kenedy Co., Texas in April, 2000. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 3 and EF 600mm F4 L IS lens on Fuji Provia film.
The shot shown here as well as the next two with spread wings were taken in northeastern Mexico in the state of Tamaulipas in December, 2004, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens. Vultures often sit in the morning sun with spread wings to warm up.
The next two images below show a Black Vulture at the entrance of its nest. The box was on a private ranch near McCook, in Hidalgo Co., Texas, and was built to attract a Barn Owl. This Vulture found the box to its liking and incubated a single egg for several weeks in May, 2006. The shots were taken with the same equipment as the shots from Mexico immediately above.
The two shots at right were taken near Ottine, Gonzales Co., Texas, in January, 2007, with the same equipment described above.
The Black Vulture in flight shown here was at Lake Tohopekaliga, Osceola Co., Florida, in February, 2007. It was shot with a canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The next 4 shots show some Black Vulture chicks at a nest site near Wimberley, Hays Co., Texas, in March, 2010. The mama vulture was nearby while I took these quick shots with a Canon Power Shot G-11. We were at the home of some friends for lunch, and I only had this "point-and-shoot" camera with me, so I was glad to get the images at all.
The Black Vulture on the right was near Dripping Springs, Hays Co., Texas, in December, 2013.
This Black Vulture was on the edge of a tidal pool in the village of Chimo, Jalisco, Mexico, in April, 2014.
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus
near Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
25 November 2015
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus
near the Max Starke Dam,
Marble Falls,
Burnet Co., Texas
25 October 2016
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus
Hornsby Bend,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas
31 January 2107
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus
Wakulla Springs State Park,
Wakulla Co., Florida
23 February 2017
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus
Wakulla Springs State Park,
Wakulla Co., Florida
23 February 2017
Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus
with dead feral hog
Dripping Springs,
Hays Co., Texas
16 April 2017