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Inner beauty

Inner beauty
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Copyright: Gabi Klemm (klemmg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.3 EX HSM, Sigma UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-28 14:46
Viewed: 4033
Points: 16
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Inner beauty

WILD TURKEY, male - Meleagris gallopavo
dt. Truthahn, franz.: dindon, dinde, dindonneau, ital.: tacchino, span.: pavo

I did not want to wait until November (Thanksgiving ;-)) with this post, so here it is.

Bon appétit!

I “caught” this young bachelor in Aransas NWR, at a water hole near the visitor center. He was part of a group of bachelors. The group was quite curious and when I took pictures they came very near to investigate. I would not really have needed the teleconverter, in fact it did not take long until I could not zoom out enough, at which time I frantically removed the converter.

At the time there were two females with chicks (very small and well camouflaged in the tall grass) wandering around the area who kept themselves apart from the bachelors.

In the same region I later saw two dominant males displaying what they had, but at that time the bosses were away.

Physical characteristics:
Male turkeys have a red wattle (a fleshy lobe that hangs down from the chin or throat), a caruncle (a wart-like projection of skin attached to the upper part of the forehead, see photo), and a blackish breast tuft.
Their pink, pinkish-gray, or silver-gray legs have spurs which can grow as long as 3.2 cm.
The heads of adult males (called gobblers) are red, blue, or white depending on the season.

Female wild turkeys (called hens) are smaller and duller than males. Most females do not have a breast tuft. Females have a grayish head and a feathered neck.

Mating system:
Wild turkeys are polygynous. Males attempt to attract females by "gobbling" and "strutting" with their tail fanned out, their wings lowered and dragging on the ground, their back feathers erect, their head thrown back and their crop inflated. The gobbles of male wild turkeys can be heard more than 1.5 kilometers away (or approximately 1 mile). (Eaton, 1992)

Range: One of the most widely distributed game bird species in North America. Wild turkeys have been introduced to Germany and New Zealand.

McCullough, J. and K. Kirschbaum. 2001. "Meleagris gallopavo" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed May 28, 2006 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Meleagris_gallopavo.html.

ISO 1600, 1/1250s, f/11, 532 mm (2x converter),
PP: Noise reduction (NeatImage), sharpened (NeatImage, PS-USM)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-28 16:11]

Hi Gabi,
Excellent shot, fantastic detail, especially in the eye, very detailed textures in the skin. Good natural colours, perfect DOF and I like the inclusion in the background of the second Turkey, almost like a reflection of the first. Great note and perfect title :-)

Amazing quality for ISO 1600, but it looks as if you have some sensor dust in the upper left and right areas.


Hi Gabi,
A bold composition and I like this POV. Tack sharp, perfect exposure and...his inner beauty shows nicely ;-}}
I kinda like the barely visible OOF turkey in your Bg also..Great impact,
Very well done, I like it!

Hi Gabie,
I really like your composition and tight crop here. I think you have capture every bit of texture and detail possible. The second OOF turkey can just be made out. Excellent shot!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-28 23:31]

What an incredible close-up shot, Gabi.
An amazing face... Wow...
There are features there that I never knew existed on a turkey. That caruncle-thingie looks positively out of this world. Sharp details and great colors... and a magnificent POV.
TFS. : )

Hi Gabi,
This is extremely close-up capture, incredible details.
Very well done!

Hi Gabi

This guy has a serious circulation problem :-)No, only kidding.... great colours, perfect sharpness and clarity and a unique POV.... I like it! Thanks.

Hi Gabi,

Perfect details, POV, colors and framing.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-05-30 20:28]

Voici une Macro photo, pour moi, extrêmement bien réussie. Le piqué accentue les détails, même les plus infimes. J'aime l'humour aussi dans votre note de présentation. Bonne source de lumière.


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