(Markham, Ontario, Canada)
A question was posed the other day "What is this raptor" and it was suggested it might be a Turkey Vulture. The other possibility is a Black Vulture.
Although Turkey Vultures are common in Ontario we are now seeing Black Vultures from the southern states on a fairly regular basis.
This is a photo I took of a Black Vulture two years ago in Markham.
I was sitting in my backyard with my camera and saw this large bird flying towards me overhead. What caught my eye was I could see it had something in it's talons. To my surprise it was a large orange Koi taken from some unsuspecting person's pond, no doubt. Wow, I knew that Southern Ontario was the northern range of the Black Vulture but have never seen one or had anyone report seeing one.
Yes, you can see the fish in its talons!