Feral Liberal has shared some of his great bird pictures with us today, and yes, those are vultures you see busily cleaning up our world for us. And the heron above just chose a perfect moment to land in his backyard - Feral's backyard and the heron's - so you can experience one of those terrific times when all aerial arts are displayed.
Buzzards/vultures are beneficial for their cleanup skills, and are rather fun to look at too.
I once found a stuffed small vulture that my kids loved putting up on the Xmas tree, in a back place by my request, just to make their friends go 'ewwwww'.
from a vulture fan; "The vulture is the most crucial avian scavenger in the world, and plays a very important part in maintaining the health and beauty of our environment. " at http://www.vultures.homestead.com/ The same site has several varieties of vulture for you to learn about, but I'm sure that Feral's, like my local birds, are turkey vultures.