Juvenile Turkey Vulture

As I ventured through the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma with my camera, I came across a group of adult Turkey Vultures and a juvenile in a freshly cut field.

Juvenile Turkey Vulture In A Field
Juvenile Turkey Vulture In A Field

Did you know that juvenile Turkey Vultures have some interesting behaviors and traits? These young birds typically fledge around nine to ten weeks of age and begin to explore the world around them. However, they are not fully independent and will stick with their family group until fall. Juvenile Turkey Vultures also have a distinct appearance compared to their adult counterparts. Their feathers are dark brown, and they lack the red, featherless head of mature Turkey Vultures. It’s fascinating to see how their physical characteristics change as they mature into adults.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon EF 800 mm f/11


My camera and lens were resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
  • Date and Time Taken: September 2, 2021 (8:26 A.M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f11 (Fixed)
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 3200 (Auto)
  • Focal Length: 800 mm