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    Wild Turkey

    Sorry, nothing to imbibe here. Just a bird who let me stalk himin the snow for about 20 minutes, with an uncanny knack of always being in the wrong spot.

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    Re: Wild Turkey

    Hi Kevin,

    It always amazes me how small their heads are (compared to the body and neck)

    Unfortunately it looks like it focused on the grass in front of the Turkey, but it looks pretty impossible, with a moving target, to do any better.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Wild Turkey

    Hi, Dave ,

    You are exactly right. I have a whole batch of these that focused about a foot behind him, as in spite of my best turkey call, he didnt seem to want me close

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    Re: Wild Turkey

    Quote Originally Posted by kdoc856 View Post
    You are exactly right. I have a whole batch of these that focused about a foot behind him, as in spite of my best turkey call, he didnt seem to want me close
    Yes, I often have to give up focusing on the eye/head and aim for the feet or body, usually the error in front is less than behind, as you discovered.

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    Re: Wild Turkey

    Kevin,
    you say this turkey was hard to shoot; well we must all agree with you, as it escaped getting 'Shot' ready for Christmas lunch.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Wild Turkey

    As someone who's been trying to shoot birds in the wild this past week, I feel your pain! I think it is a great capture, even if it won't make the cover of Outdoor Life.

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    Re: Wild Turkey

    Thanks, Terri, John and Dave for the encouragement and commiseration. I'll stack in my "oh, so close " pile
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    Re: Wild Turkey

    A nice end to some stealthy work getting close.

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    Re: Wild Turkey

    These guys are wary creatures. I have never gotten that close to one of them!

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    Re: Wild Turkey

    You guys should come to my subdivision - California Park in Chico if you want to shoot turkeys. However, the environment would not be as conducive to a great nature shot, since our "wild" turkeys are frequently found stooping traffic as the stroll across the street! There are several flocks that hang around the lake, and they are wild even though they are not afraid of people. Bidwell park is quite close and we are in the foothills so is not uncommon to see them in my yard. My wife got several shots of 6 birds flying from our neighbors roof to ours, and then the boys just hung about on our roof for a while. As I said, its not quite the same seeing a turkey on your roof as it is seeing a turkey in the snow. Like the shot myself, and by the way, for Outdoor Life to feature the shot, it has to include a dead turkey too

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