Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wild Turkey, Badlands National Park, South Dakota

A flock of wild turkey are walking left in the grass, with the far prairies and washouts of Badlands National Park, South Dakota, in the background.
I’m darned proud to finally get a decent photo of wild turkey. I’ve seen hundreds of them over the last 7 months, but they don’t hold still to be photographed! Thank goodness I finally got saw these beauties at Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

Wily wild turkey tend to move quickly into cover when they see you. Unless you already have your camera out and set, forget it. That’s why they’re hard to hunt, I suppose.

The only turkey relaxed enough for me to photograph before this were several flocks in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But they were so unafraid of humans that they kept their heads down, eating. It made for a boring shot. I did get good photos of elk, though!

My hat is off to wildlife photographers. It’s a tough job, harder than sports photography, I think.