During my lunch hour walk yesterday I encountered a group of vultures feasting on the remains of a quite dead animal. Surprisingly, I was able to get much closer to them than I had been in the past, but because the camera I had with me had limited zooming, the pictures leave much to be desired.
Nevertheless, a colleague at work who is an experienced birder was able to identify them as turkey vultures (as opposed to black vultures). Despite the claim made here that the turkey vulture “usually forages alone”, up to 5 birds are visible in the pictures, and there were probably a few more flying around or on the nearby trees.
The thing they were eating is visible under the middle bird in the top picture. It looked like a long piece of deer skin, although no appendages or a head were visible. Its smell was already offensive from far away and I had no intention of getting closer to investigate.