Saturday, February 07, 2009

Long Beards: Pennsylvania Wild Turkeys

This morning dawned gray with low clouds darkening the morning sky. The air, considerably warmer than in previous days, had a sweet odor that is only present during a mid winter thaw.

An hour after daybreak the sound of gobbling echoed from a nearby hill and progressively became nearer. Finally, the first gobbler stepped into view. Soon the flock was moving past close by as the sun broke through the dissipating clouds. In a few moments the clouds again covered the sun and the gobblers had moved beyond range.

For a moment what had at first appeared to be a poor photographic morning changed remarkably for the better. A moment is all it takes to capture a memorable image. The wildlife photographer spends many hours outdoors in all kinds of weather conditions waiting for that moment, the moment that makes all of the hours worthwhile






11 comments:

Kathy said...

Great shot. Hubby and I saw some wild turkys running around a housing addition where we were working a couple years ago. LOL took us forever to figure out what they were. Don't see many wild turkys running around the city.

Craig Glenn said...

Love the Turkeys. I knew a hunter many years ago and I asked him how he sat in a tree all those many hours. His answer shocked me. He took composition books with him and wrote. What about, I asked and he said, whatever I want.

How do you pass those hours while waiting for those wonderful shots.

Craig

June said...

Good get! I never find myself within camera range of these critters.

Kekiinani said...

WOW those are nice looking. Never see anything like that around here out in the wild. :) :) Nice fun shot. :) :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

This is a beautiful, descriptive piece Coy. Seems like spring might be on the way. Here, I can feel the chilliness creeping in when I go outside to have my early morning coffee. I think we are going to have a cold one this year.

Dianne said...

you captured a great moment

i beati said...

i'm from Pa and both these shots so familiar sandy

photowannabe said...

Fantastic fat gobblers. Picture perfect.

Kerri said...

Great shot! I was out over the weekend and thought I heard some...but never saw them.

fishing guy said...

Salty: What a neat capture of the PA turkeys.

Leedra said...

Won't be as easy to get close to come hunting season. I went hunting (with ex) once. Too time consuming for me. Now I probably could handle it, as long as I had my camera in hand.

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