Having watch a large dead doe's carcass virtually disappear over 4 days this summer, I was surprised how fast this occurs. This last week we staked out a large frozen turkey that had defrosted earlier in a power failure, set up the game camera and a few days later watched the recorded action.
|King of the Mountain|
|Good reason for a bald head|
They took turns feasting for the next 31 minutes, then suddenly flew off, leaving the field of vision clear for less than a minute. Then the red-tailed hawk arrived and scoped out the field.
|"Yeah, just try it Buster"|
The hawk stayed this time for 18 minutes (dessert?) before leaving it to the vultures. They shared the carcass for another hour before it turned dark and they called it a day.
The next three days there were occasional visits by a few vultures for several minutes at a time and an inspection by a neighbor's dog, checking out the bones which were picked clean. On the fifth day, a red-tailed hawk made a final inspection of the carcass, looking at it nostalgically. When I returned, I had trouble finding the remaining bones.
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