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Wild turkeys...
Lens: 560mm effective Camera: 5DII Photo Location: Norcal foothills ISO: 1600 
Posted By: heliphoto, 01-27-2010, 10:03 PM

Saw this group of turkeys crossing the road in front of me yesterday (google tells me it's a "rafter" of turkeys - weird)... Luckily, I still had my camera sitting in the passenger seat, so I could just roll down the window and start shooting. I drove up pretty close, but these birds didn't seem the least bit concerned (a real turkey shoot!)...








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01-28-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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Dude, those are great shots (esp #2 and #4)! I can't seem to get within 100 yds of a wild turkey around here...

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Not the kind of shooting I normally associate with Turkey's but very cool

I've never seen a rafter that big (we call them a gang in my circle of uneducated friends).
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Very cool. And this was in Northern California? I didn't even know there were wild turkeys there. I'd love to see some. Great shots - it always pays to have a trusty Pentax with you at all times.

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They're not bad, but I am so disappointed because I was expecting to see some people that I know.

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expecting to see some people that I know.

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JMR.. you shouldn't talk about me like that!!!
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Dude, those are great shots (esp #2 and #4)! I can't seem to get within 100 yds of a wild turkey around here...

Jim
Thanks Jim - California turkeys just seem dumb (maybe they're just stoned)... whenever I've come across them, the have just sort of wandered along doing what they were already doing, like I'm not even there.

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Not the kind of shooting I normally associate with Turkey's but very cool

I've never seen a rafter that big (we call them a gang in my circle of uneducated friends).
Well I did just read "rafter" on a web site or two, so it may be "correct" and still not used by real people. Glad you like the shots, thank for looking and commenting.

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Very cool. And this was in Northern California? I didn't even know there were wild turkeys there. I'd love to see some. Great shots - it always pays to have a trusty Pentax with you at all times.
Yeah - Northern / Central Cal., in the foothills west of Yosemite. I've seen 'em all up and down Hwy 49, but this was the first time I was ready with a camera. Glad you like the shots (but I must admit there wasn't a pentax in sight , my new cam starts wich C.)

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They're not bad, but I am so disappointed because I was expecting to see some people that I know.

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I'll keep my eye out for some Jackasses and post 'em if I see 'em, that should cover some of the people I know too ...

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Wild Jimbos - a sight to behold!
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Nicely done. I really like #2.
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Nice shots! I really like the 3rd one. Thanks for sharing.
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Turkeys

Very wary bird,great shots,bearded hens not uncommon. What a concept!
Cross dressing turkeys.
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Great series Josh - now where are the pictures of cranberries
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Great job on all of them.
Never seen any of these in the wild but I would love to.
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Nicely done. I really like #2.
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Thanks Frank.
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Nice shots! I really like the 3rd one. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Lew.

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Very wary bird,great shots,bearded hens not uncommon. What a concept!
Cross dressing turkeys.
I had no idea (still don't ). Glad you liked 'em...

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Great series Josh - now where are the pictures of cranberries
Now that's a good idea Dave... Next pumpkins...

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Great job on all of them.
Never seen any of these in the wild but I would love to.
Thanks Oren - they're around down here... what's weird is I never see 'em on my property. I must live to close to town... time to move.
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