Babies should be cute. No matter what I did to these images that was not happening here. I didn’t even try to sharpen the featured photo on this article.
We have Turkey and Black vultures along the Connecticut river valley. Most are Turkey vultures so that’s what I am assuming here.
This youngster was on a pole near the Connecticut river, not far from what looked like a dense fallen tree and good nest site. When stretching his wings it was clear he was still growing the heavy flight feathers.
No fear at all, hanging out in the sun waiting for something to happen. At this size even an Eagle would probably ignore him.
While not a pretty bird by any stretch I had to get these shots. How many of us really see them up close and not simply circling overhead.