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Small Birds Big Wilderness
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-16 10:18
Viewed: 3170
Points: 30
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Wild Turkeys

About 1/2 half way between Malo (pop 110) and Curlew (pop 125) Washington, Ferry County...on the only paved main road in the wilderness north country. Most roads off of this main road are primitive and for 4x4 only..or perhaps a VERY good driver...it's all up from here...

I was driving of course...and taking pictures at the same time....sometimes one has to be quick and multitask...that's the way it is with nature in my wilderness...

One Hand Held,other on the wheel..

cataclysta, siggi, jaycee, CeltickRanger, tuslaw, crs, jusninasirun, oanaotilia, sranjan, pierrefonds has marked this note useful
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Hi Bob
Inetersting photo and interesting observation. Hitchhiking turkeys ;-) Your photo has mostly informational values but it is also nicely composed with good exposure and quite good sharpness

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-16 10:41]

Hi Bob,
a nice capture of this group of wild Turkeys risking the tarmac. They're only found on Supemarket shelves or farms over here, so it's nice to see them in their natural state, wild and free as they should be.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-16 10:50]

Hello Bob,
Very nice capture of these wild turkeys.
I like your
pov,dof,colors,focus,sharpness,mountains bg and composition.TFS Best regards Siggi

Great moment, Bob, I've never seen wild Turkeys - you had good luck ...
I hope they have not ended in the pan?
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Ciao Bob, splendid perspective on beautiful crossing birds, wonderfulcomposition with beautiful forest, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-16 12:59]

Hi Bob,

I can't resist - why does a turkey cross the road? Actually I have never seen a Wild Turkey. They seem to be crossing cautiously! A lovely scene making me feel like I am riding in the center of the road. A beautiful sight ahead and on either side.


hello Bob

beautiful 2 for 1 photography, the birds Wild Turkeys
crossing the road and the landscape, the beautiful background
with the mountain and the forest, i love the way
they are framed by the foreground trees, TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-02-16 15:22]

Hi Bob,
this is another great shot of this group of birds.
Really good sharpness.
The road going off into the distance is brilliant.
Brilliant light.

Well done,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-02-16 16:09]

Hello Bob,
This is becoming a familiar scene in some parts of Ohio. I'm not sure if they were very well established while you were still living here, but their numbers have really taken off in the past ten to fifteen years or so.
Beautifully colored landscape to go along with some neat looking birds.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-02-16 21:44]

Hello Bob,

It looks very interesting to see the flock of birds on the road. It is also interesting for me seeing a road with birds instead of cars. Landscape looks great and your photo remembers me the feeling I had when visiting US. Spaces are huge, giving a different feeling from what I was used in Europe, and you feel so small.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-16 23:20]

Hi Bob!

Wild Turkeys... hmm, didn't you get the temptation not to stop in order to get one for supper, eh?


The road may be a little disturbing element in the picture, but the fact it shows us wild Turkeys is more important. You had a good reaction to take the picture as well as to present it to us.

By the way, one of my last postings has a surprise for you...

Kind regards


Hy Bob
For me the turkeys are only those from the backyards. For me is unusual to see this birds in wilderness. Good moment, good reaction speed!
All the best, Oana

Hi Bob.

This in itself a a beautiful landscape shot with the leading road the tiers of mountains in the backdrop. Turkeys crossing sign should be posted by the roadside there. Amazing population of Malow and Curlew in the note and you have managed the light and shadow really well with this superb prime optics.


A well composed landscape that you always do. The birds look like some wild fowl or turkeys. Crosswise shadows balanced the vertical lines of the trees. Which you mentioned as primitive, in India that is all and we drive all kind of vehicles on such metallic tarmacs. From Chandigarh to Kinnar or Jammu to Srinagar or from Siliguri to Darjeeling all are same. And the wild? We are slowly loosing the battle beacuse in India roads means development of localities... building industries.... converting the wild to some busy hubs.

Dear Bob,
Nice to see wild turkey in the wilderness of Washington. I like the confidence of the birds & your multitask swift approach towards nature :)

Hi Bob,

The turkeys on the road have an effect of scale. The point of view leads our eyes toward the trees in the background which is giving depth and perspective to the photo. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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