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Ebony by EdgedFeather Ebony by EdgedFeather
Ebony, our new Turkey Vulture! We got her from a rehabber. She is about two years old. It is thought that she was hit by a car. She suffered a wing injury and now cannot be released to the wild.

Sorry for the bad quality! She was hanging out in the darkest part of her chamber.

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Broadwinger Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
She's so pretty! I have a special place in my heart for turkey vultures. I think they're beautiful. :heart:
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
She is really neat! She is way more calm compared to Autumn, but that's probably due to her young age and the fact that Turkey Vultures don't have great eye sight compared to other birds of prey.

We have a shelf perch in there for her (which is what she's on in this pic) but because of her wing injury, she spirals and almost cartwheels down when she tries to jump off. We are planning to start tethering them both soon til they calm down and don't flap all around the chamber when we approach them.
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Broadwinger Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, free lofting isn't the best idea for now. XD
I can't wait to see photos with her wings spread. I think TVs have the most amazing wingspan and shape!
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I felt so bad when we put the one ring perch in there for her to get used to. She tried to jump off her shelf perch and spiraled right into it hard! I had to go in and move it out of the area she lands.

She had a wing injury, so her one wing doesn't extend properly and looks a bit off. But her other wing looks great. She's blowing out a ton of feathers really fast. She dropped all of her tail feathers the day before she was sent to us :p Just hoping they all come back nicely.
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Broadwinger Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ouch! Poor girl! Yeah, best leave her a good, clear landing space. XD

I'm sure they'll grow back very nicely; she is in good hands after all!
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
We are gonna start tethering them both in the next few days til they calm down when we approach them. They need to get used to being tethered for when we are in PA, which will be pretty soon. Only about a month til we leave Oklahoma now.

I just think it's so weird how fast she is dropping them!
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Broadwinger Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I wonder if it's a vulture thing to drop feathers quickly?
Lst summer I saw a red-tail flying with only three tail feathers, and it was windy... He really didn't have very good control... :P
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not sure. I think it's just because of her wing injury. That's where most of her feathers are dropping right now. No idea why she dropped all her tail feathers though...

Sounds like Grace... She only has three or four tail feathers that aren't broken... I would love nothing more than to have her moult :p
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Shortwinger Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Vultures and Red Tails tend to get hit by cars. They go down on road kill and no one sees them.
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EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not just going down on road kill, but also Red Tails sometimes will perch on one side of the road, then find a mouse or a vole on the other side and try to catch it. Unfortunately, they never learn to look both ways :(
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