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11-FEB-2004 Ron Lutz 2nd


Pittsburgh, PA

It must be something in the air that is making wild birds get near me this week. On intuition, I walked down behind the museum during lunch to see what was in the valley back there. As I slowly descended old, crumbling cement stairs that cut down the steep embankment my eyes were searching as usual. My ears picked up the faint sound of leaves rustling so I slowed down even more, raising my camera close to my face. All of a sudden this turkey strolls from the underbrush, heading right for me. I think having the camera in my face and being still must confuse the animals and they do not recognize me as a human. At one point, this turkey walked to within about 6 feet (1.8 meters) from me. I watched this, and another one, feed for as long as I could before my break ran out. Here’s a shot I took of a turkey last November not too far from here. A City Gobbler in Pittsburgh!!

Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo

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Guest 13-Feb-2004 03:34
You must seem very calm to them, or else they wouldn't come so close. Cool shot of a turkey!
gary becker13-Feb-2004 02:44
Beautiful. The only time I've been this close is at a 'wild animal park' & I had a bag of treats !!!
James Church12-Feb-2004 22:07
So *that's* what a turkey looks like :o)
TechnoZoom12-Feb-2004 09:01
Lovely chick!
wpmadden12-Feb-2004 04:18
that's ... wild!
great capture, the twist of its body, very cool
Chico Wedding Photographer12-Feb-2004 04:04
Great capture!
Jill12-Feb-2004 03:35
A turkey in Pittsburgh? Even a hawk that close into the city is not frequent. Facinating this is.

Never have seen a turkey other than on the table...thanks:)
dazedgonebye12-Feb-2004 03:32
That's amazing! I've got friends that can't catch sight of a turkey in spite of all the hunting trips.
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