New Braunfels, TX
Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) soar through the skies
above the Comal River as it flows quietly through Landa Park.
Roosting on a small island right smack dab in the middle of the river,
the vultures share their space with cormorants,
They have short, broad wings that show a white patch
on the underside of the wing's edge during flight.
This is one sure way to tell the difference from the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura ), who show silver-grey beneath the flight feathers along the entire length of the underwing. Up close and personal, it is easy to tell the difference between the two because the Turkey Vulture has a bare and wrinkled red head.
The Black Vulture doesn't have as
wide-spread a range
as the Turkey Vulture,
which we are now seeing
in the skies as far north
as Nova Scotia. But it is a
year round resident within
all of it's range.