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Wild Turkey seeks asylum at Tucker's Station Farms
Wild TurkeyHen at Tucker's Station turns out not to be a reluctant model, after all. After cooperating with photographer, she's named 'Pilgrim' as a reprieve for Thanksgiving.
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By Barbara Armitage
Yesterday while I was working out at the farm I could hear a turkey calling from the edge of the woods... Listen, this is what I heard - there's a lot more to "Turkey talk" than just gobble, gobble.
Turkey audio at All About Birds
I already had the camera ready just in case I found some new bug or an interesting plant but I was ready for close-up shots not distance. Of course I had to run back to the house for a longer camera lens because I just knew that I'd never be able to get close to him for a really good shot.
Trying not to pant (from my sprint to the house) and trying to walk through dried leaves and sticks quietly my trusty Canon and I started our turkey hunt through the woods. Not more than a few minutes into my safari I heard the gobble again - from right behind me! I turned around and there's a hen actually following me!
Turns out she's an aspiring model - she strutted around for the camera for ages until we both got tired. Actually, I think that she had to go on some kind of Turkey Union break.
Now she's taken up residence out beside the "little farm house". We're hoping that she decides to stay.
By the way we named her "Pilgrim" because nobody eats pilgrims for Thanksgiving - just in case anyone ever gets ideas. - Barbara Armitage
This story was posted on 2012-11-04 05:49:26
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