Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Almost a Missed Opportunity

It was a rainy morning this morning, but I was determined to get out early and see if I could find something to photograph. I got to the John Heinz Nature Preserve about 7:30 and as I entered into the park I was thrilled to see about eight wild turkeys right there in the little field along the entrance road. One of the boys had all his beautiful tail feathers up and showing off to the girls. I pulled the car quickly to the side of the road, jumped out and tried to quickly set up the camera and tripod. Well, as you know, when you want to do things quickly, it never happens. The new big fat lens is heavy and getting it set up on the tripod is a little tricky. Add to that, in my excitement, I couldn't remember if I twist the legs of the tripod to the left or right to get them to tighten. All the while I am seeing the turkeys put their little heads down and run across the field and into the woods. By the time I was ready, the turkeys were gone. Ugh....

Not to be deterred, I put the camera and tripod back into the car, drove to the parking lot, parked the car and ran quickly to the other side of the woods to head off the turkeys. When I got there, they were just about out of reach, but I got one guy who walked across my path. Didn't get his feet, but here is most of him.

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