10.12.2019 It was a turkey of a day

For foliage photography, that is.  Breezy and overcast, the light wasn’t conducive to the colors being captured in a pleasing manner.  I tried a couple but once viewed in Lightroom accepted that none shall see the light of day.

But, when I pulled over to try those shots, there were these folks scrabbling in the grass for nourishment. Surprisingly, when I got out of the car and opened the hatch to set up the tripod and camera, they did not take off which wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) usually do. I was able to approach them slowly.  But only one shot worked out as they were also in constant motion, bobbing up and down gathering seeds and possibly a little gravel too, and again the light was not an asset.

I waited and waited for the tom to display his tail but they wandered up the hill and disappeared into the trees without him feeling the need.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 10.12.2019 It was a turkey of a day

  1. As you’re well aware, the problem with photographing a bunch of birds—or a bunch of people, for that matter—is getting them all to simultaneously look good or at least okay. There’s usually one or more that you wish were positioned differently.

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  2. I get a kick out of wild turkeys, sometimes when they’re on parade, the tom strutting around with his harem, they actually make me laugh. Perhaps not their faces so much, but I think their feathers are pretty nice!

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    • While in college I really enjoyed my share of Wild Turkeys. Not so much the next morning though.
      Every so often turkeys visit our yard. A number of years ago we had a parade of around 50. Several toms and their harems came through. Our neighbor called over and told Mary Beth to look outside. He saw them coming down the street. I missed that one, darn day job.
      They and turkey vultures won’t win any beauty contests but turkey feathers do have a wonderful iridescence to them.

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  3. Reminds me of the day a wild turkey almost walked into our house. That was an interesting day.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    A long time friend in the hill country had a flock that hung around his place, but the three times I’ve seen a flock in the wild, they’ve seemingly evaporated as soon as they sensed human presence. I’d say your photo captures a bit of that ephemeral nature, and the colors are lovely. When I visited the Konza Prairie in Kansas, the fellow who was giving me a tour found one of their feathers on the ground after the flock disappeared, and that souvenir’s still hanging out at my place.

    There’s a saying I heard growing up, about people or things that disappear “like a turkey in the corn.” Eventually, the saying ended up in a song.

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    • Your experience was almost mine too. They didn’t sun when they saw me, but did meander away as they ate whatever it was that was on the ground for them. Maybe adding some small bits of gravel to their gizzards. I had a turkey feather once too, but not sure where it is any longer. They’ve got big feathers. Found a moose shed in Maine and that is on a shelf here in my study.
      That’s an old Lightnin’ Hopkins song and probably he heard it from someone else. I like your version best.

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  5. I also love running into turkeys. Your photo actually captured a meadow with beautiful fall hues, you wouldn’t find these colors during the summer!

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  6. Great shot! I’ve chased wild turkeys around some and it is no easy thing to do.

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    Ther’s quite an extraordinary range of colors right here, Steve. 🙂 Love those turkeys, always fun to see.

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    • I found the image to be a lot more colorful than I recognized at the time. All my concentration was on the turkeys, having to continually check focus on whichever I decided had to be sharp. It was a pleasant surprise after the fact. Turkeys are fun birds.


  8. bluebrightly says:

    Reading your reply to Lane I have to tell you that on Staten Island, which you probably know is part of NYC, there was a brazen flock of wild turkeys that had it very good, living in a residential neighborhood that abuts a mental institution. They used to jump onto car hoods and march right up onto people’s doorsteps. You would have gotten your close-up headshots there, no problem! I think the last hurricane changed things for them.

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    • Maybe they were a little too in your face. 🙂 There have been stories about turkeys in other towns similar to yours. Getting in the way of traffic and even a few acting like roaming gangs. Staten Island, though. City dwelling turkeys. 🙂

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      • bluebrightly says:

        When I lived in Putnam County, NY we had turkeys wandering through the back yard and an outdoor cat. They all coexisted with mutual respect (or was it disdain?). Each occupied its own space, not giving an inch but not advancing either. So much fun to see.
        One more: when I worked in lower Manhattan I was dumbfounded one day to see a turkey in Battery Park. I learned that it was Zelda:
        She was a sight for sore eyes. 🙂 I wish you many more turkey sightings in the “real” wild. 🙂

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