There were over 20 Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures out at the pond celebrating the New Year with breakfasts of dead fish. I counted 23 vultures but I'm almost certain I missed a few. Here's what little bit I have learned about these vultures: Turkey Vultures are larger, have brown and black coloring, have a two-toned under wing pattern of dark on the leading side and light on the trailing side, have a featherless red head (except immatures who have a black head) and their wings have a slight V form when they fly. Black Vultures are smaller, have bare black heads, short tails, hold their wings out straight from their bodies when flying and have a light patch at the end of their wings underneath.
Then again, I could be completely wrong about this. Please feel free to correct me! I often think that I am NEVER going to get the hang of identifying the birds I see. But, my fascination continues to drive my efforts. My favorite shot is the last one.