Monday, April 6, 2009

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


The Camera Gear Lackey (aka wife) and I wanted to spend some time together prior to my road trip to AK. We decided on the Smokies. During the widlife photography portion of the trip, the target species was the wild turkey, especially the toms. The trip went especially well. The birds were amorous, thus the toms were gobbling and displaying well. Cool mornings with good light made for some awesome photography. In the photo above this tom was consistently gobbling when an adjacent tom would gobble. More good turkey photos to follow. Blue Skies.

17 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That is an awful name for your better half Ken. I hope she beats you!! LOL!!

I can see you are looking forward to your trip. When do you actually leave?

Jose has some terrific pics on his blog again.

gidje said...

I love the lighting in this shot. The coloring of this guy is great. So how many weeks til departure? happy days!

Tim Rucci said...

That's a really sweet shot, Ken. Love the coloration and the striking pose. I'm Looking forward to seeing a few more when you post them.

I thought maybe you had already left for Alaska when I didn't see you post for a while. Keep us informed.

Philip said...

This fellow looks like he is really making a noise to attract a mate great Capture Ken :)

Twisted Fencepost said...

Love that shot!
You really caught him in action there.

Juan C. Aguero said...

Greetings and we wait for his photos of the trip.
Very good composition and light!!

Natural Moments said...

Great gobbling photo. The timing is perfect. I bet you are excited for Alaska. I wish you the best trip ever Ken.

fishing guy said...

Ken: What a beauty, the gobbler is a talkin' some sweet love calls. He looks like a big shot.

T and S said...

Ken : You got him in a deadly pose. The feather details are amazing. Beautiful shot.

T and S said...

Ken : You got him in a deadly pose. The feather details are amazing. Beautiful shot.

Andreea said...

haha ..he looks so pissed off !

Amazing shot !

Willard said...

That's a super photograph, Ken. They certainly are exciting to photograph this time of year.

I had excellent shooting at them on Monday and Tuesday morning. I used the camcorder on Monday and the DSLR Tuesday and should post some shots from that encounter today or tomorrow.

Pepe Soria said...

Beautiful turkey to celebrate Thanksgiving Day :-)). Greetings

Jose's World said...

Well, hope you send some photos of turkeys from Alaska too. What was this turkey running for? Great exposure.

Jose

animtreebird said...

Very beautiful birds. Nice photo. :)))

Stacey Huston said...

Great shot! I can actually hear him..they are too funy when they are in love! Is your wife not going to Alaska with you?

ANZAGA said...

Precioso animal, no sabía que los pavos siguieran vivos fuera de la cautividad. Enhorabuena por el blog. ANZAGA (España-Spain).

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