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PIC OF THE WEEK: 04/08/13 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2013 PICS

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Wild Turkey

(Meleagris gallopavo)

Where: Blount County, TN • Cades Cove Section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Notes: With the arrival of spring approaching, mating and territory rights begin to become established. This is especially true for the Wild Turkey and there is no better place than Cades Cove to witness this display. In the early morning and late afternoon hours, gangs of Turkeys creep out into the open fields in search of food. Turkeys are polygamous, so the toms mate with as many hens as they can. The dominate male "toms" follow the hens around, keeping a watchful eye out for any intruding Turkeys that might challenge him for his harem. Male wild turkeys display for females by puffing out their feathers, spreading out their tails, and dragging their wings. This strutting is also done to show dominance over other toms. But apparently this intruder had become a threat. First these to males stood neck to neck posturing, turning slowly in a circle and then began to flare their wings. Then they spun into a whirlwind of flapping wings and jump kicking blows. The confrontation was over quickly and the victor chased the other bird completely across the field back to the edge of the woods. He then returned to his gang of females that seemed to be oblivious to the whole battle.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Gitzo 3531LS Tripod • Wimberly Head WH-1010

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1600 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~75 Feet • Date Shot: 04-07-13

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