Yes, it was a full on vulture! Out here in California they are usually referred to as "turkey vultures" or "turkey buzzards." No matter what you call them, they are huge and we don't usually see them this closely. Ashley and her family had just left our house when she called and said there was one in the street, eating a dead rabbit (sorry Mr. Bunny). I grabbed my camera and ran outside. Here is what I saw...
Sorry about the dead bunny. Notice that the vulture has no feathers on it's head. That is an evolutionary adaption as a result of spending much time with it's head inside of dead animals. Yuck!
It's easy to see why these guys can soar so effortlessly and for so long. Their wingspan can be as large as 6-8 feet.
Other than the head, it's a beautiful bird.
His feathers were about 10 beautiful shades of brown.
When you look at an extreme closeup of it's face, it actually looked pretty cute!
(meet little Miss Emma Pearl)