Wild Turkeys in the Stansbury Mountains

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Wild Turkey portraitWild Turkey portrait – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/320, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

Yesterday while up in one of the canyons of the Stansbury Mountains some movement caught my eye and when I looked closely I could see a small flock of Wild Turkeys in the junipers. Most of them took off right away but one of them hung around in the junipers for a bit but stuck its head out to see what was going on. I didn’t have much for shutter speed and when I took this image the vehicle was still running, that might account for the slight blur in the lower chest feathers.

Wild Turkey in the Stansbury MountainsWild Turkey in the Stansbury Mountains – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/320, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light, not baited

After a minute or so the turkey moved out into a small clearing between the junipers giving me the chance to photograph its whole body.

I believe this is a first fall tom but if I am wrong please don’t hesitate to correct me.

I don’t have many opportunities to photograph turkeys because they scurry off so quickly so I was glad this one hung around as long as it did.

Life is good.



  1. Nancy Collins October 14, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    You have brought out the beauty in them Mia! Nice!

  2. Kathie October 13, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Mia, it’s always nice to get all that wonderful plumage in focus and in the right exposure! good for you! Lovely image!

  3. Elephant's Child October 13, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Lovely. I hope they are safe from the Thanksgiving feeding frenzy.

  4. Utahbooklover October 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I like how the junipers somewhat frame the first beautiful image — great capture!

  5. Jo Smith October 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

    If your turkeys are like ours, one has to be very ready and quick to get a picture of one. They can disappear so fast.

  6. Patty Chadwick October 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

    These are great, wonderfully detailed shots of an often shy, elusive bird. We used to have huge flock of them, but haven’t seen a single one this year. They come through our field then cross what has become a busy road and head for the vet’s place on the other side, where they’d compete with her peacocks for grain. They were amazingly smart about when to cross.

  7. Dave Sparks October 13, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Good to see the D810 back in action. Can’t help with the first fall tom issue …. don’t get many chances to see these birds.

  8. Bob Bushell October 13, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Superb images Mia.

  9. Bob Mcpherson October 13, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Beautiful photos, Mia. Lucky you to get a glimpse of a bunch of turkeys.

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