31 Jul

Well, I was out again today … had to pick up a ‘scrip from WalMart that they had called me about, and, having a bit of free time, I went through my usual tour of the parks. I didn’t expect much, because the sky was a uniform grey-blue and rather uninteresting. (I don’t photograph clouds exclusively, but I sure do like to have them for a backdrop, if I can.) As I went along the road where I had shot the turkey pictures yesterday, I kept a sharp eye out on the roadside, to see if he had come back.
Sure enough, there he was! I stopped the car, put on the hazard flashers, and slid out the door, making as little fuss as possible, camera in hand with the 200mm lens attached.
Resize of DSC_3001 copyA rather nice shot, I thought, and being on foot, I began to move in the same direction that he was going.
I noticed several darkish shapes moving more-or-less along with him, barely visible in the grass. My first thought was mice, but then I realized that “he” was “she”:
Resize of DSC_3003 copyAnd the little shapes were chicks!
I did my best to photograph the little buggers, but it was devilish difficult; they were no taller than the grass, and usually very busy with whatever they were finding at ground level. You wouldn’t believe the wasted frames! At last I got this; there are five in here by my count … that black thing up in the corner is mum.
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And here’s another … I get a count of seven in this one. I don’t know if she’s picking that one up in the top of the picture, or it’s a trick of the light and perspective, but I’m counting it:
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So, off they go, eating whatever it is they eat … probably bugs.
Resize of DSC_3009 copy … and off I go, suitably chastened at my mistake of yesterday.
But, as compensation I got this little guy after he had run out into the road and quickly back again … Just a baby, although there’s nothing to give scale, he was very small.
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Why do I always get these things so I have to shoot into the sun? Oh, well … at least I got the light coming through his ears.
When I got home, I found His Majesty waiting for me:
Cheers, all!


Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Uncategorized


16 responses to “Ooooops!

  1. Gaffin Sheedeedy

    July 31, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Cool. I’ve been lots of rabbits and hares, rats, and even a badger, over the last few weeks, but all under cover of dark.

  2. evawiren

    July 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Very nice shots all of them. it is so nice finding the chickens. What a treat . And your cat is wonderful

    • derwandersmann

      July 31, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks, Eva … I was so sorry I couldn’t get better pictures, but I’m sure they would have run away if I’d gotten close enough to be able to shoot downward at them. I was lucky to get these. I’d never seen turkey chicks before.

      • evawiren

        July 31, 2014 at 7:47 pm

        Indeed or they would play dead. They are very sweet

  3. pam

    July 31, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Nice captures dW. Love how you got the sun coming through the bunny’s ears. And love that you caught the turkey family. I’m always surprised when I see wild turkeys so close to people. Saw my first ones a couple months ago at one of the parks near the Red River. It’s a place I go once a week or so, usually just to sit and listen to the silence, around sunset. Of course, right now that’s around 9 pm. I don’t stay later than 8:30 pm especially when I am by myself. It gets a little too spooky. One of those times is when I saw two turkeys just meandering through the grass. There are lots of trees there too.

    There’s a small boat dock so sometimes I watch guys go through the process of dropping off the boat, parking the truck, then go off to do a bit of fishing, but as late as I’m there, it’s usually when they are coming back. It’s kind of interesting to watch and peaceful too.

    One evening, right around 8 pm, I was looking up to the sky watching some swifts darting about when all of a sudden, there was a woosh, then there were hundreds of birds all flying about! Must have been the time the bugs came out? Don’t know. Then I saw two very small birds chasing a Golden Eagle. The eagle must have been getting too close to a nest maybe. They chased him for a long time. Time enough for another eagle to raid the nest I’ll bet. I wonder if it did.

    It was amazing seeing so many birds all at once like that.

    • derwandersmann

      August 1, 2014 at 12:27 am

      I don’t know if eagles hunt cooperatively like that.

  4. blackcalla

    August 1, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Nice shots dW. We have lots of turkeys all around in Michigan. We used to find egg in our yard up North, but no chicks. Very good find.

    • derwandersmann

      August 1, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Thanks, Merle. I was surprised to see them. I’d never seen turkey chicks before.

  5. Darko

    August 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    That’s nice!!! On previous posts they might have been there too, hiding in a grass 😀

  6. Deb Platt

    August 4, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I see turkeys pretty regularly, but I’ve never been lucky enough to see the chicks. Very cute!

  7. Words

    August 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Well spotted with the turkey chicks. No problem shooting into the sun. I do it a lot, especially with rabbits. It shows their ears off splendidly.

    • derwandersmann

      August 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Yes, but it’s tough to get the surroundings to look right … especially grass, which turns into a fluorescent green mass.

  8. Serola

    August 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I like the shots taken against the light =) Those hare shots are great.

    • derwandersmann

      August 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks … I do my best to get them “readable” with Photoshop, but those contrasts are a bear to manage. What we have around here are rabbits, actually … our true hares are found in the West, and are, paradoxically, called “jackrabbits”. We also have, further North, the “snowshoe hare”.

  9. saktimari

    August 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Fantastyczne zdjęcia …beautiful picture……. indyka i zająca …. królika już u Ciebie widziałam …..pisklęta indyka bardzo ładne…..jak każde dzieci …. pozdrawiam sedecznie…happy day.. 🙂 🙂 🙂


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