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Grey go-away bird - I think and expect to be corrected if I'm wrong.

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The new name is Grey Turaco.

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Went out after lunch yesterday to grab a few foliage images while the sky was blue and the sun shining (heavy overcast today, with brief sprinkles turning to heavy rain and blustery winds tonight, all of which will knock down many if not most of the Autumn leaves). As I walked this osprey landed in a tree just ahead of me, and conveniently stayed until I put on a longer lens (Pan-Leica 50~200mm). Grabbed several images before another walker came along and spooked the bird away.
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Oh, great capture! Too bad about the twigs, but what can you do? What a handsome bird!
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Transitioning to the breeding plumage that can be seen above


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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Grey go-away bird - I think and expect to be corrected if I'm wrong.
Excellent wildlife image. I find the eyes on these creatures so fascinating. Many thanks for the treat.

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A tom & hen turkey strolling along the roadside out in the Quabbin Reservoir area yesterday. You'd think so close to Thanksgiving they'd make themselves scarce, but no hunting is allowed in the Quabbin.
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A tom & hen turkey strolling along the roadside out in the Quabbin Reservoir area yesterday. You'd think so close to Thanksgiving they'd make themselves scarce, but no hunting is allowed in the Quabbin.
I never realized, until these images, how much their faces resemble vultures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by OrchidJulie Quote
I never realized, until these images, how much their faces resemble vultures.
They are less than fair of face, but when the sun catches their body feathers they shine with lovely warm copper & bronze colors
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They are less than fair of face, but when the sun catches their body feathers they shine with lovely warm copper & bronze colors
Good camo, this time of year! Didn't Benjamin Franklin suggest they should be our national bird?
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QuoteOriginally posted by OrchidJulie Quote
Good camo, this time of year! Didn't Benjamin Franklin suggest they should be our national bird?
Partially correct with a touch of urban or national legend (What is history but a fable agreed upon?)


The story about Benjamin Franklin wanting the National Bird to be a turkey is just a myth. This false story began as a result of a letter Franklin wrote to his daughter criticizing the original eagle design for the Great Seal, saying that it looked more like a turkey. In the letter, Franklin wrote that the “Bald Eagle...is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly…[he] is too lazy to fish for himself.”
About the turkey, Franklin wrote that in comparison to the bald eagle, the turkey is “a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America...He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage.” So although Benjamin Franklin defended the honor of the turkey against the bald eagle, he did not propose its becoming one of America’s most important symbols.

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