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A peacock and a turkey
Posted By: Bud, 04-07-2008, 05:07 AM

There was a lot of springtime mating display at the zoo yesterday. Here are my favorite subjects for the day. I still can't believe how spectacular and royal-looking the male peacocks are with their plumage fully displayed. It felt like a privilege to be able to shoot them

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1/500s f/9.0 at 300.0mm iso1600 (I had the camera set in TAv mode, and didn't even notice the ISO... until now... not bad for 1600 )




And the turkey



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04-07-2008, 05:54 AM   #2
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You had me until the turkey, I can't stand to look at those things, just eat them. Good capture FWIW.
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Thanks The male turkey... not very handsome by most standards, but some pretty amazing headgear...
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Great shot of the peacock. Good shots of the turkey, as well, but I am not really a fan of turkeys. I helped my son raise a turkey for a 4-H project - I was glad to see the turkey sold at the end.

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Dang I love that electric blue of those peacocks. The first image is especially grand. Good work Bud.
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The Peacock is a great shot Bud!! Well done..

At first I was trying to figure out what that was in #3.. Then of course #4 helped me out.. What a face huh???

Great shots.. thanks for sharin.. Kim
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Man, that first peacock shot belongs on your wall! The color is surreal.

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QuoteOriginally posted by xs400 Quote
Great shot of the peacock. Good shots of the turkey, as well, but I am not really a fan of turkeys. I helped my son raise a turkey for a 4-H project - I was glad to see the turkey sold at the end.
Thanks... The colors of both birds fascinate and amaze me, however, I imagine that raising turkeys would be a whole different experience

QuoteOriginally posted by LaRee Quote
Dang I love that electric blue of those peacocks. The first image is especially grand. Good work Bud.
Thanks, Laree... they are an impressive species, aren't they?

QuoteOriginally posted by mtnbearhug Quote
The Peacock is a great shot Bud!! Well done..

At first I was trying to figure out what that was in #3.. Then of course #4 helped me out.. What a face huh???

Great shots.. thanks for sharin.. Kim
Thanks, Kim!

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Man, that first peacock shot belongs on your wall! The color is surreal.
Thanks... I've already cleared a nice 16 X 20 spot
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The peacock shots earn my admiration. The turkey ones sort of scare me a little. Great details though!
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Other than the glop on a turkeys head and neck, they are really beautiful birds, especially in the sunshine, their breast feathers are iridescent, and turn all diff colors in the sun, plus they are sooooooooooo yummy !! And believe it or not, wild ones can fly, if I am not mistaken, they are the heaviest flying birds on earth, big toms can weigh over 25 pounds...Great shots by the way !!!!
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The peacock shots earn my admiration. The turkey ones sort of scare me a little. Great details though!
Thanks, James! The turkey is one bizarre-looking beast...

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Other than the glop on a turkeys head and neck, they are really beautiful birds, especially in the sunshine, their breast feathers are iridescent, and turn all diff colors in the sun, plus they are sooooooooooo yummy !! And believe it or not, wild ones can fly, if I am not mistaken, they are the heaviest flying birds on earth, big toms can weigh over 25 pounds...Great shots by the way !!!!
My angle wasn't right to capture the iridescence, but the "glop" is pretty fascinating, too. Looks like living lava... (say that 4 times fast...)
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