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Saturday, 30 June 2012
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Rainy Day Turkey
Been real busy the last 2 days ... getting my daughter to misc Doctor's appointments etc. .... My wife a I took a drive to unwind this afternoon .

Dull , rainy day , We were just driving to unwind and scope out some country homes . I had my Pentax K100D with the 50-200mm lens on it ....

I saw a flock of turkeys about 1/2 hour into the drive , so we pulled over and I trudged into a cedar fenceline , then into a corn stubble field to get some pictures ... Man did I get a surprise !!

When I got to the edge of the field I saw approx 30 birds feeding at the West end of the field .... in the distance at the north end I saw another 30 birds ! .... and eventually at the east end I came on another group just over the rise ... I figured there were apporx 70-75 birds total with the 3 groups combined ...

Here are a few frames that turned out in the rain ... shooting at 800 ISO setting ...

The 1st flock ... had some mature birds to the right side of the frame ...

Using the hilly corn stubble field as cover I managed to get close enough to get a shot of 4 or 5 mature toms feeding ...

Oops ! ... got busted by some others and they all start to fly ...

I hear gobbling to the east .... I'm back into the fence line and try to sneak up on 4 or 5 jakes strutting for some young hens ....

I tried to belly closer thru the stubble but they caught me before I could get to the top of the rise .... got a couple quick frames and they all bugged out ....

I trudged back to the car .... my wife was laughing when she saw how much mud I'd picked up all over the front of me from " doing the sneak " in the corn stubble .... Hey , thats what washing machines are for !

" Remember , Trophies are measured by the time and energy expended to get them , not the size or quantity of the quarry "

See Ya. R.J.
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