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Ocellated Turkey

Ocellated Turkey
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-03 4:02
Viewed: 19858
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We headed over the border into Guatemala and main goal of my return to Central America, the Mayan ruins of Tikal. As well as the simply amazing ruins of this lost city, the surrounding national park is packed with wildlife.

One of the most gaudy residents is the Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) aspecies I first saw here on TN when Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) posted a shot back in 2007, it was a species I just to go and see for myself.

This species is restricted to the Yucatan Peninsula region that covers south-eastern Mexico, northern Belize and north-eastern Guatemala. In Tikal they have become relatively tame around the camping area and groups of up to 20 strut around the place as if they own it.

Ocellated Turkey are a large bird, with males reaching 5 to 6 kg in weight. They stand half a metre high and grow to 1.2 m long. They do not gobble like their North American relative, but utter a series of 6 or 7 bass-like notes in quick succession. They live in rainforest, where they feed on fallen fruits and insects. Note the 6cm long spur on the legs, an impressive weapon.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-08-03 4:18]

Hi Chris,
Too flashy bird ...
Fantastic colors are great, detail is excellent.
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-03 4:24]

Hello Chris,
What a superb species of turkey!
You captured this male Ocellated Turkey in all its splendour with excellent sharpness and colours from a fine low lateral POV. A great bonus in an area that is full of history and culture.
Wonderful to see and thanks for posting it!

Hello Chris,

Impressive macro shot of the Ocellated Turkey! A great harmony of colors in a single picture with prefect sharpness, nice POV and good DOF. I like the way the Turkey is posing for your picture :) Well detailed beautiful colors. Simply an amazing capture!

thanks and regards,
Paras Bhalla

Hi Chris,

This shot is well worth the trip. Fantastic colours well presented with good detail and DOF.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-03 5:18]

Slav Crîs,
What a beautiful and different species of turkey in nice pose.Great sharpness and colors.Thanks for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-03 5:21]
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Hello Chris,
What a fabulous Turkey in wonderful colours!
Excellent close and low POV, great sharpness and I like the natural background. It's hard to keep track of where you are/have been! This must have been a fabulous country to visit!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-03 5:30]

Hello Chris
This is a real beauty, wonderful capture with vivid colors and excellent details

Hello Chris,

This is a superb shot of this specie of Turkey with brilliant colors, sharpness & lovely details. Well done & TFS.



amazing turkey, almost like a peakok, TFS Ori

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-03 9:53]

Very good colors and sharpness!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-08-03 10:11]

Hi Chris,
It has striking colors and a beautiful plumage. Good POV, composition and details.
All the best,

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  • shree Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 49 W: 13 N: 71] (276)
  • [2009-08-03 11:32]

Amazing Chris, simply amazing!! The bird is like a kaleidoscope... And you got the colours so well. Wonderful sharpness increases the value of the shot.
I am happy to see that such beautiful birds are well protected.

hi Chris,

what an beautiful coloured image from this Turkey.
Good pov and great details.
Fine colours.


Hallo Chris
Unbelievable that one bird can be jam packed with such a lot of colour and detail. I am sure all that feathers weighs a ton and a half. Wow, but it indeed a beautiful spread of colours. It is almost as if one is looking at an artist's palette filled with a rainbow of colours. The detail on this birds head is stunning, and it looks like it is wearing a crown of some sort. An impressive image filled with great details that are well focused, super sharp and well seen. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Chris,
Excellent sharpness, wonderful colours.
An amazing capture!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-08-03 12:11]

Hi Chris!

This must be amazing place for over of nature and ancient civilisations. I read many books about this area and I hope I'll see it some day. Turkey looks slightly weird for me - it's just too colorfull :-) Looks like living piece of modern tribal art :-)

Ciao Chris, splendid bird with fantastic colors, excellent details, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Chris!
this fantastic Ocellated Turkey ,
would be the joy of Italian designer Missoni ...well seen!!!

ciao sERGIO

Ahhh Mate Chris,
What a beautiful Turkey:) like Turkey. Colourful...
You captured it superbly with warm colours and clarity.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2009-08-03 20:56]

Hola Chris: Una especie bellísima y una toma superior...saludos.

Hello Chris,
What a splendid bird ! the pattern of the plumage with flashing colours, is really beautiful
A very good photo taken from a low POV
Thanks for sharing this beauty

Hello Chris,
a splendid picture of the Ocellated Turkey taken from an excellent POV to show very well the fantastic colours of this colourful bird, good sharpness and fine details of the feathers, nice composition
Best regards

wonderful shot of this Ocellated Turkey, i like his colorful plumage
you have captured it in a nice pose and sharp details
very well done

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-08-05 5:25]

Hi Chris,
thanks for liking my ginger flower shot.
Wow...this a gift of nature. Look at the feathers...really exciting and as if neatly woven.
You have presented it superbsly, very sharp and very clear of this colourful beauty.
Really thank you for sharing this turkey.
Never see it before.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-08-06 19:20]

Hello Chris,
This has to be one of the most colorful birds I have ever seen!!
You've captured this amazing image perfectly!!! Super job!!

Wow Chris,

whata beautiful turky this is. Superb colours and you have captured it very nicely. Very sharp and colourful image. Awesome work!


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-08-27 22:18]

Hi Chris,
no wonder you enjoy life when you meet creatures like this incredible Turkey. You make sure that we definitely envy you! Thanks for keeping us posted on the wonders of the world.
Best regards

Spectacular species, what can I say!
Excellent colour and focus considering the bird seems to be standing in the shadow of a tree or building. A "nature book" type shot.


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