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Do you eat these ugly things?

Do you eat these ugly things?
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Copyright: Andy Cole (flagman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 351 W: 44 N: 607] (2408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-200 f/4L, Hoya Super HMC Pro1 67mm Sky1B
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-06 6:34
Viewed: 10462
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A turkey at Whipsnade zoo - ugly buggers, aren't they?
Maybe after seeing this you'll be less inclined to eat one?

Turkey facts:

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving—that's one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year. American per capita consumption of turkeys has soared from 8.3 pounds in 1975 to 18.5 pounds last year.

At one time, the turkey and the bald eagle were each considered as the national symbol of America. Benjamin Franklin was one of those who argued passionately on behalf of the turkey. Franklin felt the turkey, although "vain and silly", was a better choice than the bald eagle, whom he felt was "a coward".

Domestic or tame turkeys weigh twice what a wild turkey does and are raised on farms for profit.

Most domestic turkeys are so heavy they are unable to fly.

Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour.

United States turkey growers raised 270 million turkeys in 2003.

Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving. (USA only)

Twenty-two million turkeys are eaten each Christmas. (USA only)

Nineteen million turkeys are eaten each Easter.(USA only)

p.s. I'm vegetarian!

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Hi Andy,

Well done on this portrait of the turkey.
We prefer the domestic natural roam turkey instead of the chemical fed turkey. Big difference in flavour and the meat. I've never eaten wild turkey, I'm sure it is very good.


Hi Andy, great Portrait, Excllent colors, Bg, POV, DOF Perfect colors, Great Job, TFS Kyle

Hello Andy,

Excellent portrait of this ugly turkey. But your picture is so nice that I begin to not see her so unattractive ;-). You managed very well the exposition and the warm light bring excellent natural colors to my eyes. Great bg enhancing so well the bird too! Great job and TFS,


Hello Andy,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.

  • Great 
  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-07-06 18:59]

Hi Andy,
Excellent but ugly portrait. Great sharp details with good exposed colours. Also good lighting and POV. Well done and TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-07-07 2:11]

The turkey is a bit ugly but the shot is wonderful. Great colors, sharpness, BG and DOF.
Congratulations Andy and thanks for sharing.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-07-07 7:08]

Bonjour Andy!

Le spécimen contraste bien avec l'arrière plan et les couleurs sont parfaitements exposées.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-07-07 22:21]

Hi Andy,
Very nice portrait! Great contrasting colours and beautiful bokeh, very good details and well framed.
Thanks for sharing!


Great portrait. The sharpness, detail of the subject, Compostion, POV, DOF and OOF BG are all excellent. Well Done and TFS,

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-07-15 7:30]

Hi Andy,

There is a lot of catching up for me to do! Let me start one by one ... ;)

This is a fabulous portrait and exactly the way I like it. Excellent colors, perfect blurred background with a contrasting color, very sharp focus and great composition. I like it a lot! TFS!


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