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PIC OF THE WEEK: 11/24/14 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2014 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Wild Turkey

(Meleagris gallopavo)

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

Notes: I occasionally struggle a little, when deciding upon what picture to post; but this week there was an obvious choice. In this season of gratitude, I realize what good quality problems I have. The anticipation of upcoming travel with partner and friends, makes this year more savory than normal. This Wild Turkey image was captured on a similar such road trip, with good fellowship and camaraderie to explore new and exciting places, hoping to witness some of the inhabitants of the mountainous landscape. With reasonable expectations, this beauty was surly on the wish list, and the location did not disappoint. We were nearly to the far end of the park’s loop road at Cades Cove before spotting this large bird. This tom was out in the morning light picking at bugs and seed in the short grasses along the back field. It only took a few minutes to detect its direction of movement. So circling past along the edge of the woods, kept from disturbing its activity. Once far enough ahead, I sat and waited for the bird to come, hoping it would not change its course. Soon enough this magnificent male Turkey passed along right where I hoped. It seemed almost proud as its beard projected out in front of his stance. He paused, allowing a few shots and then went back to the task of looking for food. The morning light was just enough to colorize his iridescent plumage. What a blessing. May all your travels be safe and your hopes fulfilled.

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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-101

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/400 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~40 Feet • Date Shot: 04-07-13

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