Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wild Turkeys/ Camera Critters

Running off because they just spotted me as I tried to sneak up


Gone!

How will I ever get a decent shot of turkeys if they won't let me get in closer?


Please note: Photo Hunter is the post below



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33 comments:

nessabates said...

yeah turkeys are quick!! We have a bunch of them around here. I have failed everytime i have tried to get photos of them.

Small City Scenes said...

I caught a pic one time when I surprised them as they surprised me. I have never seen them fly off only run real fast. Not too many out here though. MB

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

i like your first photo. great capture. I am glad you enjoyed the Scottsdale Art Walk photos on my site. It is a fun thing to do on a Thursday night. I am back to cactus today!

Judy said...

I really like the second photo! Since I have been trying to get photos of birds flying, I can tell how much work went into it!!
The turkey population around here has been booming, the last 10 years. I have been told there are two distinct flocks - one of actual wild turkeys, and another of feral turkeys.

Jarart said...

I've never seen one flying before! Great catch.

PERBS said...

But those have character!

Jan said...

Love your photos. We don't have wild turkeys, here, but I'm reminded of when we were visiting, Marinette, WS, and I got up for an early morning stroll. A wild turkey and I startled each other. We were about 6 feet apart!

ViennaDaily said...

Those are great for roasting! Kidding! I always have a little fear of turkeys as I do with geese, they seem to be angry and ready to poke you! lol. Happy Weekend!

Flo said...

I have never seen wild turkeys. How cool.

Mine is up over at Feather, Fur, and Fins.

Tink *~*~* said...

There are some wild turkeys on the the grounds of Disney World in Orlando. I've seen them hanging around the grassy areas the surround the Magic Kingdom parking lot. Yours look like they are made of mosaic - the colors are very pretty!

Happy Critturday!
Tink *~*~*
Just hangin’ around at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Bryan said...

The closest I ever got to a wild turkey was in a car. I suspect that's not a viable option.

Teena in Toronto said...

Great action shots!

I played too :)

Dirk said...

You've got a great shot of the turkey! I find it very difficult to get good pictures from birds in flight.

Carletta said...

Considering their flighty nature I think you got a great shot.
I'm noticing yours are a little more colorful around the head than the ones I see.
I've only seen one fly once - your shot is a great capture!

KOSTAS said...

Amazing photographs with splendid subject!

Tricia said...

You got some great shots of them 1st though!

Carolina said...

Aren't you people eating turkey at every festive occasion you can think of? Smart birds to fly off as soon as they see someone who wants to 'shoot' them ;-)

Salty said...

Wild turkeys will spook if they see the least little thing out of place. About the only way to get close in on them is to find a place where they are acclimated to human presence.

Rose said...

Wow! What a capture! I think it is amazing that they fly.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

Neat post!We have lots of wild turkeys in this part of florida,but I,myself,have never seen one.But I would love to.
Nice post!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Great capture! I'm impressed with the taking flight photo. I've seen them take off in a flurry before.

Amanda said...

they may have taken off but you got some good shots of them, nice shooting!

Misty Dawn said...

FANTASTIC photos!!! Here I was all excited that I got some turkey shots today, and then I see these awesome shots and read that you DON'T think they are great?!?! Your shots put mine to shame! These are amazing!

Bim said...

The first one is very amusing, and the second one is great, too. I don't think it matters at all that they've notice you too early!

Snapshutter said...

Hehe...I got a thought. Thanksgiving :)

Kendris said...

Just come south to my uncle's place; he feeds them corn and they act like rulers of the roost!

Still some very nice shots!

VALKYRIEN said...

Your shots of the flying turkey is better than any shot I have ever maid of flying birds! Nice light throug the wings!

And the one standing is great also!

Lilli & Nevada said...

What great capture of the turkey in flight. Don't see many of them here

Happily Retired Gal said...

Getting any kind of bird to pose for me is always a challenge, but both of this photos are great ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

2sweetnsaxy said...

I'm about to say something that will probably sound really stupid but... I didn't know turkeys could fly. LOL! :-D I've only ever seen them penned up awaiting the line-up at Thanksgiving.

Willard said...

It's good to see you are photographing the turkeys too. They can be very difficult to get. I have been lucky in that I live in a remote area with a large turkey population and the birds have become somewhat used to seeing me with the camera. One must still use reasonable caution, but I don't need to be completely concealed, etc. As long as I make no sudden moves they will feed and strut, etc. around where I am positioned.

A few years ago, they were so wary that one had to hide in a blind with a hole just large enough to get the end of the lens through and they would still run if they saw the lens move. I guess the current situation came from spending a lot of time in their area along with little turkey hunting being done there. When hunted hard, they become one of the most elusive species! I would rather photograph them than hunt them and have not hunted them for over ten years.

Kris said...

Well, I count both as decent shots!

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