Photos: Line for the buffet
A wake of turkey vultures circled above and waited on trees and fence posts for their turn on a cow carcass in a field near Lake Nebagamon on Thursday afternoon, July 9.
Turkey vultures have an extraordinary sense of smell. They have been known to be able to smell carrion from over a mile away, which is very unique in the bird world. The turkey vulture has the largest olfactory (smelling) system of all birds. They are the only scavenger birds that can't kill their prey.
A close inspection of their feet reminds one of a chicken instead of a hawk or an eagle. Their feet are useless for ripping into prey, but they have powerful beaks that can tear through even the toughest cow hide.