WILD TURKEY (MELEAGRIS GALLOPARO), LAKE SUPERIOR ZOO, DULUTH, MINNESOTA, JUNE 18, 2012
SMC Pentax-DA 55-300 at 300mm
1/750 sec. f5.8
It's hard to believe that a bird this ugly has a reputation, especially among hunters, for being smart and wily. A few years ago one of its number launched itself across a Michigan highway at my car, taking out the driver side mirror and turning into instant roadkill. I opened the lens to its maximum aperture at 300mm to blur the edges of the heavy wire mesh that separated me from the turkey at the Lake Superior zoo.