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If Only I Wasn't a Vegetarian

If Only I Wasn't a Vegetarian
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 3:53
Viewed: 3494
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This mule deer doe was staring so intently at the wild turkey I thought she was tired of pawing snow for dry old grass. The turkey was actually following the deer so that it didn't have to break the crust on the snow.

Wild Turkey
Meleagris gallopavo
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Initially a bird of the central and eastern USA states, southern Ontario and Quebec, south into Mexico, which disappeared from its periphery due to excessive hunting and habitat alteration. It has been reintroduced to former areas, with populations thriving under new hunting legislation.

In Alberta at least 398 birds were released in seven general areas of the province, but only two have succeeded. These are in the Cypress Hills and the Porcupine Hills area. A small population exists near Turner Valley, possibly from the Porcupine Hill release. They enter urban areas in winter, taking advantage of food scattered at bird feeders.

Wild Turkeys are omnivorous, eating insects, especially grasshoppers, terrestrial invertebrates, small vertebrates (voles, shrews, etc.) but mostly vegetation, especially in winter. This includes, seeds, grains, leaves, nuts and acorns.

Males are promiscuous. Their loud gobbling attracts receptive hens. She lays her 8-12 eggs in a shallow hollow in open deciduous forest, often near the edge. The incubation period is 28 days. Upon hatching, the hen leads them to the best feeding areas. The young feed themselves, but are brooded and guarded by the female. They can fly at about 14 days and join the hen to roost beside her in the trees. The family remains together until winter.

Miss_Piggy, joey, K9madtex, lovenature, Evelynn, eqshannon, jaycee, writerscrawlz, nglen, Luis52, CeltickRanger, NinaM, Ena, Argus, mariki has marked this note useful
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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-28 4:04]

Hi Rick,
those eyes seem to have that certain longing.
A wonderful winter scene you have captured here and explained very well how those two are so close.

Hallo Rick
Hope you are well and that you have recovered from your ordeal. I think you gave Lucy a nasty shock and not to mention some of us here at Trek Nature too. Very nice pose of the deer looking you straight in the eye. You captured this big guy in a nice casual and relaxed mood. It looks like he is not bothered by the turkey at all. For me he is the centre of attraction and not the turkey. This is a very handsome and elegant animal presented in a delightful manner.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-28 4:13]

Haha! Great shot Rick.
I agree, the Deer does look as if it would gobble up the Turkey at any moment! :-)
I think that the OOF Turkey is quite distracting. If the Turkey was in focus and the Deer OOF then I think it would work better. But if not that then a large DOF to capture both animals sharp.
Nevertheless, the clarity and detail is impeccalble, the composition is spot-on, the POV is perfect, the lighting and exposure is very good and the colours are very natural.
Excellent notes too.
Thanks for sharing this original and observant pic.
Cheers mate,

I had to laugh at that title. It seems to suit the deers expression perfectly. Sorry I have not kept up with critiques lately. I plan to catch up this weekend. The shot is great. I don't the turkey is so OOF to be distracting and I agree with Miss Piggy that the deer is really the subject here. Nice shot. Catch you later.

Hi Rick,

nice scene you captured there. A pity that the turkey is OOF and I agree with joey that it's distracting.
But the deer is sharp and shows great details. I like its facial expression ^^

TFS Tatjana

Hi Rick
I love to see animals getting along and it is to cute. I think the Turkey is smarter, eating where the deer has been pawing. A really nice portrait. There are also a few Turkeys just west of Calgary on Highway 1. I hear they can be quite messy when they are around your home.
Take Care

Ah Man! a "twofer"! It is amusing how the compression makes that turkey look so big and close to the deer... unless maybe you have great Thanksgiving turkeys up there! It is a supert capture, however it looks a bit under saturated to me. I find that I have to darken/saturate my images prior to uploading, or they always look washed out. I tried a workshop.

Evelynn : )

A very unusual day capturing these two together. I had some wild turkeys once, which came onto my land frequently....just being pesky...and of course we had many deer of different sizes and species...but never both together...A fine time to be where you were..I guess the old adage "location location location" is true sometimes at least.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-28 8:21]

Hi Rick,

It's always wonderful to be able to capture two species in a single picture. The turkey was pretty smart to find a deer to do the work! I love your title - from his expression that must be what he is thinking.


these words are from you or from the deer ? TFS, nice pic :) Ori

hello rick,
nice moment captured, lovely title, liked the pov and the composition,
tfs & regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-28 10:54]

Hi Rick,
Wonderful shot and you have captured this interesting moment with immaculate sharpness and details. Fantastic eye contact and it is so clever of the Turkey. Great light and exposure management. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

I love the title - and really feel for this deer. What an unusual combination of the two - but then, they forage for the same type of food, right? I love the sharpness of the deer, and yeah, I'll be it wishes this once that it did eat meat! Nice composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-28 13:23]

Hi Rick/ Like the name you have given this one. Once again good detail in the fur with natural colours . i like the pose with the stare of the eyes at you. Good timing to get two at the same time. You have captured the markings well on the Turkey. well done TFs . good notes too.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-28 13:49]

Hola Rick,
original trabajo,
compartiendo un mismo habitat...
bella composición,
saludos amigo.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-28 14:09]

Hi Rick.
Muy bella la foto de hoy. Un venado y un Guajolote silvestre. Alta calidad y definicion en la postal. Agradables colores y pose.
Un Saludo y un abrazo.

hello Rick

it is a charming image you post us, what a lovely scene and
cohabitation between 2 speecies of animals, excellent luminosity
of the image with lovely eye contact of the deer, i love your POV
at the level of the subjects, TFS


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-28 16:32]

Very simple explanations for the fantastic behaviour of the animals. You write and photograph like a surprise, each time there is something unusual or funny or specific or simply real nice and simple. This is a great picture once more, Rick, I love both animals beautifully shot in great light, great colours, a very natural picture with a special eye. Thank you!


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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-02-28 21:44]

Hello Rick,
It's late and I'm running out of time
So I'm just marking today.. Congratulations


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-28 22:40]

Hi Rick

A suitable title can really 'make' a shot - this one certainly raised a smile! Excellent POV with outstanding colours and detail. Well observed and captured.


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-29 8:08]

Hi Rick,
original title! Nice pic!

Hi Rick,
Impressionnnat, intéressant ces deux espèces côte à côte en effet heureusement qu'il est végétarien.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-29 22:40]

Hello Rick,
I'd been admiring this image but ran out of critiques yesterday. So now's my chance to say that I think it remarkable to see a wild Turkey in the company of a Mule Deer. Not only that, you caught the two in a fine pose and composition with excellent lighting and sharpness in the snow.
Thanks for sharing this one and I hope you and Lucy have a good weekend,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-01 11:11]

Hehehe, it made me smile! Congrats Rick on this great capture. That's a fantastic shot, well composed, very good subjects and great technical qualities! Well done again, thanks!


Hello Rick

Ok great capture on both counts.
They seem fairly oblivious to your presence.
Well focused with sharp detail.
Excellent POV.The way the snow is banked in the BG,is on a roadside or near a parking lot?
Nicely done.


Hello Rick,

Very nice picture of this deer and turkey together. Great composition. Very nice light and natural colours.

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