I’ve been observing a pair of Black Vultures nesting in a large tree next to the road at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma for several years. This year, I was finally able to photograph a young Black Vulture in the nest cavity (Young Black Vulture at SNWR). I was also able to capture this young bird outside the nest, up in a nearby tree.
Insights into Young Black Vultures:
Beyond the nest, young Black Vultures embark on a remarkable journey of growth and development. As they venture further from the protective confines of their nest, they begin to explore their surroundings and hone their flying abilities. These fledglings gradually gain the skills necessary to become independent adults, relying less on their parents for sustenance and guidance.
Unique Information: Young Black Vultures After Leaving the Nest
During this phase, young Black Vultures engage in crucial flight training, strengthening their wings and perfecting their aerial maneuvers. Their perseverance in practicing flight skills ensures their ability to soar gracefully across the landscapes they call home.
Additionally, as these young vultures explore their environment, they often come together with their peers to form communal roosts. These roosting sites provide opportunities for social interaction and learning, as the young vultures observe and learn from one another. These early social bonds contribute to the cooperative behavior observed in adult Black Vultures.
My recent encounter with the young Black Vulture outside its nest at SNWR was a truly extraordinary experience. It showcased the beauty of nature’s delicate cycle and reinforced my passion for capturing and sharing these fleeting moments. The journey of this fledgling, from the safety of its nest to its first explorations outside, symbolizes the resilience and wonder of the natural world. Stay tuned for more updates from my wildlife photography adventures as we continue to uncover the awe-inspiring stories that unfold in our precious ecosystems.
Equipment Used: First Photo
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: July 10, 2023 (08:26 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 5000 (Auto)
- Exp. Comp.: +1.0
- Focal Length: 500 mm