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Old Apr 28, 2012, 10:10 PM   #1
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I was out in the woods this weekend looking for Wild Turkeys and found this woodpecker with the K10D and the FA* 300.



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Old Apr 29, 2012, 1:52 AM   #2
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Excellent shot Tom - better than a Turkey any day !
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+1 to what Kevin said and woodpeckers are much harder to shoot. I have yet to get a good shot of any woodpecker.

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While woodpeckers are harder to shoot, I love wild turkeys, I think they are pretty birds, prettier than woodpeckers. I never see them around here (though I've heard they are in the national forest), it was great when I lived in Texas and there was a big flock that lived in our small valley.
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 11:39 PM   #5
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Very sharp image, I tried capturing a woodpecker in my back yard once but the best I could do was not very sharp. The combination of a DL and a slow consumer grade 100-300mm zoom made it difficult to capture anything that didn't sit very still.
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 11:42 PM   #6
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There is a large flock of Rio Grande Wild Turkeys that roams around the housing area there each day waiting for the people that live in the houses to throw some bird seed their way.

Here are two to them fighting in the side yard of one of the houses.



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The woodpecker shot is right-on. Great color and clarity! The Turkeys are equally well photographed.

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Love the woodpecked and those turkeys ... incredible that they are just walking into town.

Great shot to,

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Fort Ord is a closed Army Base, but they do rent out the housing, so it isn't exactly in town. The Turkey's are fairly tame, I used a FA* 28-70mm lens to photograph them so you can get an idea how close I was while they were fighting.

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Great shot of the woodpecker. I have tried to photograph woodpeckers in the past, but have never had much success.

I have a special fondness for wild turkeys. About 8 years ago, when my wife was going through chemotherapy treatments, a flock of wild turkeys showed up on our hillside, and stayed for the entire winter. I made sure there was a generous amount of dried corn on the ground in several areas that were easily visible from our windows, and the turkeys kept my wife entertained every day while I was at work. In the spring, when my wife's treatments were finished, the flock of turkeys disappeared just as mysteriously as they had arrived 6 months earlier.
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