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PIC OF THE WEEK: 04/22/13 • 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: Winter's slow progression into spring, provided some decent opportunities for capturing the display and courtship behaviors of these majestic birds. We were Blessed to have arrived at a time when the gangs were well developed, but the group hierarchy was not yet completely settled. The frosty grass surroundings of this image convey the very chilly early morning conditions. That is when these large birds are most active. I had positioned myself with my back to the sun at the edge of the woods that bordered this field. This tom was roaming around picking at the grass and would stop to belt out a gobble-gobble-gobble now and then. Directly behind me there was a single tall pine tree. The low rising sun cast its shadow well out into the field. Unfortunately the turkey seemed to prefer to stay only in that shade. I knew if he would just step into the sunlight, it would illuminate his plumage with glowing shades of orange, purple and gold. My frost covered toes were aching. As the sun rose higher, the shadow grew shorter and shorter in my direction. I knew either this turkey would end up in the sunshine or it would continue to follow the receding shade in my direction. After about twenty more minutes, not also was this guy right in front of me, but the warm morning light finally fell upon him as well. It was amazing to see its feathers illuminated at such close range! Rainbows of bronze and glossy blue covered him from head to toe. The frost on the surrounding grass muted its usual yellow-green color to a cool gray, making a nice contrast to the background of this beautiful spring gobbler.

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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 = 1/800 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 320 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~35 Feet • Date Shot: 04-06-13

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