19 Jan 2016 Photos of the Day: January 19, 2016 by LGMAPS | posted in: Flora & Fauna, Photos of the Day | 0 Fantastic black vulture series photographed by Alan Johnson and posted in The Linville Gorge Facebook Group. Black vultures can be distinguished from below by the white feathers at the ends of the wings. For this reason, black vultures are called “white tips” by local farmers whose young livestock are sometimes threatened by these aggressive scavengers. Vultures — black and turkey — can be distinguished from hawks, ospreys, and eagles by the upturned tips of their wings. Here you can see the namesake black head. Turkey vultures have red heads.