Black Vulture
Coragyps atratus

f10 @ 1/640s, ISO:1250, Nikon D3S w 500mm and 1.7X teleconverter


"Black Vulture," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The black vulture is a fairly large bird of prey, measuring 5674 cm (2229 in) in length, with a 1.331.67 m (5266 in) wingspan.The nostrils are not divided by a septum, but rather are perforate; from the side one can see through the beak. The wings are broad but relatively short. The bases of the primary feathers are white, producing a white patch on the underside of the wing's edge, which is visible in flight. The tail is short and square, barely reaching past the edge of the folded wings.
Merritt Island NWR, Titusville, Florida
 
01/15/2016