Roadside Diner

As anthropogenic activities increasingly disturb ecosystems, it is important to determine how wildlife is impacted. This photo was taken during field work for the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas-3--a project aimed at understanding the temporal differences in distribution and abundance of Ontario's breeding birds. In this photo, a turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) is feeding on road carrion. As road systems expand, wildlife mortality due to car collisions increases. Although turkey vultures seemingly benefit from roadkill, feeding along roadsides elevates their risk of being hit by cars.
A black turkey vulture standing on the road beside a dead bird with a truck coming towards it on the other side.