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Birds of Kentucky: Turkey Vultures sunning

2013-01-11 - Breeding, Adair County, KY - Photo by Kelli Claypool.
Fascinating Creatures - Yesterday, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, when I walked outside, I felt like I was stepping into a Hitchcock film as there were at least 20 turkey vultures lined up on our fence posts and on the ground. According to, "They are often observed sitting on the trees, with their wings spread, which is referred to as 'horaltic pose'. They do it to warm their body and dry their wings. However, it also helps them to destroy the bacteria, by baking them off in the hot sun." These are fascinating creatures! Kelli Claypool. Photo taken Wednesday, January 9, 2012 at Breeding, KY.

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