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