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    Default Video: Close Up of Tom Turkey Preening (Ottawa - October 6)

    Hello All,
    Here's some video footage from this past week, showing a tom turkey preening. With 5,000 to 6,000 feathers, it certainly is a big task...



    Cheers,
    Justin

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    Really nice video.
    They are quite the bird. Our family raised turkeys for many years - the white ones that became popular in the 1950s. Thanksgiving makes me think of them - busy time.
    Many stories I could tell, but I remember when the guard dog jumped through my Dad's bedroom window to alert him to stray dogs attacking the turkeys.
    Also remember when my Dad was delivering a turkey and the farmer's dog came roaring out and grabbed the turkey from my Dad's hand. The farmer called to say "Where is my turkey? It's Thanksgiving." Oh I delivered it my Dad said.
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    nice video, I guess you found your turkey hunting spot
    ihunt

    "life is 80% preparation and 20% perspiration"

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    Great video. Quality was excellent. Was it a long lens? Big crop? Or were you just close to the bird? Thanks.
    rodmcd

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    Thanks Justin-nice video ( another nice one).
    I knew birds doing preening(just by observing them ...mostly back home ,domesticated chickens,ducks and geese).

    After this video(and your omments about the magnitude of the task at hand) i spent some time to understand preening-wow,what a a way of Mother Nature taking care of their own.
    A true marvel of "engineering"feathers are actually.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharon View Post
    Really nice video.
    They are quite the bird. Our family raised turkeys for many years - the white ones that became popular in the 1950s. Thanksgiving makes me think of them - busy time.
    Many stories I could tell, but I remember when the guard dog jumped through my Dad's bedroom window to alert him to stray dogs attacking the turkeys.
    Also remember when my Dad was delivering a turkey and the farmer's dog came roaring out and grabbed the turkey from my Dad's hand. The farmer called to say "Where is my turkey? It's Thanksgiving." Oh I delivered it my Dad said.
    Great story, Sharon! I dated a girl once who's uncle owned a turkey farm. Going into that bard of 4,000 birds at my feet sure was a little overwhelming, lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihunt View Post
    nice video, I guess you found your turkey hunting spot
    Public land, but off limits to hunting. Which is ok - great for my photography and trail cam work

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodmcd View Post
    Great video. Quality was excellent. Was it a long lens? Big crop? Or were you just close to the bird? Thanks.
    rodmcd
    This was shot with a 150-500mm telephoto. The birds were approx. 50 feet away. Saying that, the birds are pretty comfortable around me at this off-limits to hunting spot - sometimes walking to within 15 feet of me without any worry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbk View Post
    Thanks Justin-nice video ( another nice one).
    I knew birds doing preening(just by observing them ...mostly back home ,domesticated chickens,ducks and geese).

    After this video(and your omments about the magnitude of the task at hand) i spent some time to understand preening-wow,what a a way of Mother Nature taking care of their own.
    A true marvel of "engineering"feathers are actually.
    Cheers
    Cheers, gbk - appreciate the kind words. Yes, preening is quite the undertaking. All fascinating stuff in the world of wildlife!

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