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Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) User: Brian Morin  (See all photos - 1218)
Canada (Ontario) Ingleside - This Tom turkey in all its spring colour spent time up close and personal with me. I was shooting spring birds, sitting on a camp stool when it came charging towards me. It moved right by me at 3 feet and began to feed on a few seeds I had sprinkled on the ground. After a few minutes I tossed out some more and it continued to feed, coming very close. At one point I thought I'd see if it was brave enough to take from my hand. It hesitated but did it, twice. That was quite an experience. Remember I was sitting at its level so I watched it 'like a hawk' at all times. I didn't bother it and he didn't threaten me. He eventually walked calmly away. The tough part for me was most of the time he was too close to shoot
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Date: April 7, 2016
Details: Male, Adult
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Ingleside - This Tom turkey in all its spring colour spent time up close and personal with me. I was shooting spring birds, sitting on a camp stool when it came charging towards me. It moved right by me at 3 feet and began to feed on a few seeds I had sprinkled on the ground. After a few minutes I tossed out some more and it continued to feed, coming very close. At one point I thought I'd see if it was brave enough to take from my hand. It hesitated but did it, twice. That was quite an experience. Remember I was sitting at its level so I watched it 'like a hawk' at all times. I didn't bother it and he didn't threaten me. He eventually walked calmly away. The tough part for me was most of the time he was too close to shoot
· Date: April 8, 2016 · Views: 719
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Chris

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April 9, 2016 01:18

It's great to hear about this encounter in detail. It adds even more intrigue to an already exquisite capture.
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Brian Morin
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April 9, 2016 06:54

The colours on a spring male are striking to say the least. This is one of those you had to be there situations but you can imagine that I was having a lot of fun interacting with a bird that could have turned on me at any moment. I was not afraid of it but I was careful nonetheless.
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Sue
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April 9, 2016 16:17 Rating: 10.00 

Fantastic portrait,Brian. What an experience!
It make me smile.
What detail!!
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Brian Morin
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April 9, 2016 16:21

Thanks. I'm glad it didn't come down to flight or fight. A long lens came in handy though, not for pictures but to keep it a safe distance away. It came right up to the lens before later taking seed from my hand. I should have had a second photographer nearby to capture the action.
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