I slowly crept along the side of the road, edging closer and closer to get a few pics. A Red-winged Blackbird came along and disturbed the vultures, so one flew away. This one didn't seem to mind, but was very aware of me. It seemed more curious, if anything.
Black Vultures are usually found more in the south in Ohio and Indiana, so we don't see as many here in Indy. They differ from Turkey Vultures with a gray head instead of the red head in Turkey Vultures. Black vultures have black instead of brown plumage and a shorter tail. Black Vultures also have white wing patches that are evident when they soar.
I kept creeping, stopping and clicking. It kept watching me. It probably thought I wanted its breakfast. I must say dead, bloated raccoon is a delicacy, but I had already eaten that morning. :)
My instant thought was "Oh, no. They think I am probably in need of help and when I tell them what I am up to, they will think I am totally crazy. I will be carted off to the funny farm." But instead, out popped my friend Tim Tolford, bird bander and photographer extraordinaire, wondering if I would like him to take some pics with his camera. Why, yes, I would! Nothing better than TWO crazy people in a field chasing around a black vulture.Tim got very close to the vulture, within 10 feet. It would occasionally grab a cornstalk and shake it at him as if to say, "Hey, buddy, I am watching you! I have a weapon!"
Tim has much better equipment and much more experience than I. Nice capture, Tim!