Turkey Vulture vs. Mockingbird

By: ralphbarrera

Aug 03 2010

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Category: Photojournalism

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Focal Length:280mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

In a  battle of wits and brawn this undersized Mockingbird tries to misplace this large Turkey Vulture from its perch atop a southwest Austin subdivision sign during a midday tussle of territory. The state bird of Texas won this round succeeding in making the brut fly away after a series of dive-bombs. The Turkey Vulture is a scavenger and feeds almost exclusively on carrion. It finds its meals using its keen vision and sense of smell, whereby the mockingbird is very territorial, preferring brushy habitats, and can also be found in residential areas.

Photo by Ralph Barrera


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