Black Vulture (Photograph Courtesy of M. Kramer Copyright 2000)

Black Vulture (Photograph Courtesy of M. Kramer Copyright 2000)

This American Black Vulture was caught in a lumbering attempt at take off from the road. Vultures find taking off -- especially after feeding -- to be very difficult. In some species it is simply impossible until the meal has been well digested. Once they are in flight and have the benefit of thermals they are one of the most efficient and elegant flyers of the bird world rarely expending energy in flapping their wings.

Photograph Courtesy Of:

M. Kramer -- (Copyright 2000)

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