There is a Black Vulture out there in Metchosin....these pictures are of our local Turkey Vultures with the red head.
So we went looking for the Black Vulture out there. All the birders were very excited at first. We don't get Black Vultures here.
We found a mature Turkey Vulture. This is the kind of Turkey Vulture that is common here with the red head.
We also found a Turkey Vulture with a black head and we were pretty excited but it was a young Turkey Vulture. We were told the Black Vulture was smaller and had a short tail.
We did see many TV's all circling overhead and apparently this is where the Black Vulture is. I never was in the right place at the right time to get an actual good photo of him. He is somewhere up there.
I think this is the story of the outed Black Vulture, it may not be correct. His name is Balthazar. He escaped out unexpectedly from his cage at the rehab centre in Duncan, when a tree fell on his cage in June or he somehow got out through a hole the fallen tree made.
I am putting in some pictures I have taken there in the past of the normal red headed Turkey Vulture.
I think this Black Vulture was at the Raptors Centre or Pacific Northwest Raptors. He was there because he was sent there for rehab from Georgia, USA. He was sent with a group of non-releasable injured raptors mostly hit by cars, but he got well and could fly.
They did not think he could fly. These things happen. Life is not perfect. They do an amazing job at the Raptor Centre. Here are some pictures I took in the past at the Centre.
I have put in below some pictures I took at the Raptor Centre of what I think is a Black Vulture this summer who it looks like to me has a harness on or a cover over one side of his wing so he may be one of the injured Black Vultures that they are taking care of.
*****************Edit Note just added in: I contacted the Raptors in Duncan and got a wonderful reply immediately! Here is the info to explain the vulture pictures below. This is Atticus a black vulture from Georgia (USA). He is a non-releasable wild bird who had an old break on his right wing, so he could not fly and could not get the food he needed in the wild so he needed a long-term home.
He is wearing a modified "Thundershirt" which is a deep pressure shirt for dogs/cats for anxiety, this was used to cover up a surgery site. His old right wing with the break developed complications and they had to amputate the wing to save him. The shirt was used to cover up the stitches while he healed and it is off now. The stitches are out and he is doing very well. The complications have passed. Isaac at the Raptors says "he's back to his old, lovely self".
I kept thinking of this vulture for weeks now and I am so happy that the Raptor centre replied immediately to me about the brace or shirt on this bird. I would have asked at the time I was there but we had a downpour of rain, rain and camera not mixing well.
The Pacific Northwest Raptor Center or The Raptors is an amazing place to go. If you ever visit Vancouver Island it is the best place to see all kinds of raptors and birds. They do an amazing job there to teach city children all about birds and raptors. The Raptor Centre is the only hope we have to teach our children about the value of nature and birds.
The Black Vulture that got out will probably stay with the other Turkey Vultures in the area. Some of them fly south and some stay around here. He was seen happily eating on a deer carcass so it is wonderful that he can fly and found a group of vultures to live with. News item. There still is a chance that this is a wild Black Vulture that got here somehow but I think he is the escapee.
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