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Turkey vultures take a sun bath every morning.

By Gary Bogue
Monday, January 30th, 2012 at 6:13 am in Turkey vultures.

Turkey vultures taking their morning sun bath. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Dear readers:
Here are some more GREAT photos by Dave Harper of Oakley, California. Turkey vultures regularly sun themselves when the sun first rises every morning. They spread their wings, which allows ultraviolet rays from the sun to kill bacteria the vultures may have picked up the day before while feeding on dead animals.

Turkey vultures also spray their feet with a mixture or feces and urine when they defecate. That’s why vulture legs and feet are white. Vulture urine is very acidic, which also kills  bacteria picked up by the vultures while handling and feeding on carrion.

Mother Nature takes pretty good care of her animals, don’t you think?

Thanks for the photos, Dave! /Gary

Turkey vultures taking their morning sun bath. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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One Response to “Turkey vultures take a sun bath every morning.”

  1. Gayle Says:

    When the sun comes out on a winter’s day, I too like to go outside and bask in the warmth. Must be aa common phenomenon. Spread one’s wings and drink in the sun.

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