Black Vultures — BFF Or Something More?
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The other day I ran across two Black Vultures. They were perching together and made for photogenic subjects.
Black Vultures are normally quite social and it isn’t the least bit unusual to see two or even several of these big birds sharing a perch. These two, however, seemed to be more than just social. They acted for all intents and purposes as if they were the closest of friends.
As I watched, they engaged in a bit of mutual grooming.
Black Vultures mate for life and the obvious affection that these two showed for each other caused me to wonder whether they were more than friends. Perhaps, they were a mated pair?
After the mutual grooming session ended one vulture fastidiously wiped its beak on its perch. I was struck by the seeming paradox of a bird with such an unsavory reputation behaving so daintily.
Images made with a Canon 5Div, 100-400mm ISII zoom lens, aperture priority setting, ISO 500, f6.3 @ 1/1600.