Saturday, April 17, 2010

Camera Critters: Eastern Wild Turkey And Squirrels

While waiting for the wily wild turkey to appear one often sees other species of wildlife such as gray squirrels and fox squirrels.  When I was young there were plenty of gray squirrels in our area, but one seldom encountered a fox squirrel.

Gray Squirrel


Today we have a thriving fox squirrel population.  These animals are much larger with a different coloration than the gray squirrel.

Fox Squirrel
Observing these animals helps one pass the time until the primary subject arrives, and sometimes photographing them can be as rewarding as the larger birds and animals, yet the squirrels do not thrill one as much as when a large gobbler appears close to the photographic blind and lets loose with a tremendous gobble.

Mature Eastern Wild Turkey Gobbler

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23 comments:

Grace and Bradley said...

Marvelous shots, I mean photographs. I just have a turkey walk by our front garden of Cape Cod house this morning. I do not have the chance to take out my camera.

A Garden of Threads said...

Lovely picture of the male turkey. Have a great weekend photographing.

Mumsy said...

Wow..gorgeous photos of the squirrel, and the turkey is so colorful!

EG Wow said...

OH! LOVE your wild turkey shot! This photo shows all the different colours in the bird's feathers very well.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautiful shots. Great detail.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Bird Girl said...

Great wildflife pictures! I especially love the first shot - the squirrel on the log is just such a lovely scene!

Lavender Cottage said...

I recognize the colouring of the fox squirrel, they are one type visiting our yard but I always thought they were just well-fed grays.
The photo of the turkey is fantastic, worth your wait.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Nice shots, looks like they are enjoying a fine spring day.

Carolyn Ford said...

Beautiful photos...all of them. Your composition and focus is wonderful. I photographed wild turkeys in Big Sur, California once, but with video. I loved watching how they strut around and make unbelievable noise! And, they were in such a scenic place too!

imac said...

Nice collection here Willard, hope you well my friend.

Denise said...

These are great photographs. Thank you so much for sharing them.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots of both the squirrel and the turkey.

Michael said...

Great shots. Love seeing all types of squirrel. :)

Kristin said...

Wow.. those are some very beautiful shots of wildlife. Love the angle.The subjects were wonderfully captured.

Feral Female said...

Great shots of both the squirrel and that gobbler!

Brad Myers said...

Thanks for the feed back on the video I posted. The down side of the D90 is there is no jack for a remote micraphone like the newer D300S. With new glass and tripod a new body is not in the cards for a couple of years.

I always enjoy your spring gobbler photographs. The greys were captureds very nice with natural settings. I ran into the white squirrel again a couple of days ago and of all times I did not have the camera along. Now to keep looking for him again.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Willard: An encounter with a Fox Squirrel in Kent is impossible. The Black Squirrels and Gray Squirrels have taken over. You always have beautiful photography.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. Your visit and comment are very much appreciated. First, I want to say how much I LOVE your header photograph. I've been to Benezette many times (my brother has a camp near there) and have seen the elk, but at night and not with an adequate camera to photograph them properly. Your photograph is amazing! Your squirrel and turkey photographs are great too.

madcobug said...

Those are beautiful shots. We have plenty of the grey squirrels and a few fox squirrels. A few turkeys also. Helen

Tom said...

Excellent Critters Willard..

HANNIBAL said...

Love them displaying turkeys! Nice shine angle!

Johnny Nutcase said...

the turkeys are definitely quite beautiful, but the squirrels are completely cute, too! Great shots all around!

Misty Dawn said...

I admit that the gobbler is most impressive and breathtaking. I do enjoy taking squirrel photos though; they seem to be so full of personality.