I recently started learning to handle birds at my new volunteer gig at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. It’s very interesting to me how the equipment and procedures are a bit different than what I learned at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. I have started working with the handsome American Kestrel Newton, who I got to handle on the glove for a couple of hours at a program two weeks ago. Oh, it was such a joy for me to hold this precious little avian ambassador and talk with visitors during the event.
Since today is International Vulture Awareness Day, I’ve been thinking about vultures on the glove. None of the vultures at ACBOP are glove trained, but that may be for the best in my case, since I don’t have the best track record with vultures. The first time I tried to handle Junior the Turkey Vulture I ended up with a little scar on my hand. Don’t get me wrong, I love vultures, just love ’em, but after ACBOP’s Uff-da went after my ankle, I think the feeling is not quite mutual.
Anyway, vultures are part of raptor education programs and are glove trained at centers all over the world. Here are some cool photos I found on Flickr of vultures on the glove, in flight programs, or educating the public in zoos. Thanks to the photographers for sharing their photos with a Creative Commons license.
Eurasian Griffon on the glove | Vulture by Maurice Koop
Turkey Vulture on the glove | Turkey Vulture by Michael @ NW Lens
White-backed Vulture flight program | 2008-07-06-13h26m55.IMG_2116le by A.J. Haverkamp
American Black Vulture on the glove | Vulture by RichardGlenSailors
Hand feeding an Andean Condor | Andean Condor being fed by San Diego Shooter
Lappet-faced Vulture flight program | Vera takes off by *Pete
Palm-nut Vulture in jesses | Sailing by patries71
Hooded Vulture flying to glove | Rodney – Hooded vulture by piX1966
Cape Griffon Vulture in your face | Ybgvt_1b by gvgoebel
Egyptian Vulture with celebrity zookeeper | Jack Hanna ~ rare Egyptian Vulture by something.from.nancy
Rüppell’s Vultures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge | Rüppell’s Vulture by Powered By Birds
White-headed Vulture on the glove | David with the White Headed Vulture by Richard Towell
Cinereous Vulture on falconry perch | Felix the Vulture by RCanine
Greater Yellow-headed Vulture on the glove | 2008-03-15-13h14m52.IMG_3562e by A.J. Haverkamp
King Vulture on the glove | IMG_8945e by A.J. Haverkamp
California Condor at the zoo | California Condor portrait by San Diego Shooter
American Black Vulture goofing off | cincinnati zoo vulture feeding by Paul J Everett