Saturday, March 10, 2012

Camera Critters in Shadow

Big Birds, Little Birds

Some of you as regular readers know that wild turkeys cross my property at all times of the year. In the past few weeks a large rafter of them have paid many visits. There are about twenty-five in the group and on one occasion two gobblers accompanied them. I took this photo out of my dining room window yesterday morning as they wandered through my back yard. Here you see the long shadows of the trees in the woods behind them.The sun was quite bright as it shone through the wattle of this  turkey.A pair of woodpeckers visit the suet feeders on a daily basis.
The little nuthatches are always grabbing a bite and flying off and almost always I catch them with their heads pointing down. I like that this one decided to stop for a quick pose with his mouth full.
Linking to Camera Critters and Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

29 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hi Carletta, it is neat to have these wild turkeys in your yard. I love the woodie and the nuthatch shots. They are both great birds. Wonderful photos, have a great weekend!

Linda said...

The downy and the nuthatch are so cute..the turkeys are interesing, although I don't find them particularly pretty - just tasty! I would love to have them crossing my yard on a regular basis, but living in the city...not going to happen!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my gosh...just look at all those wild turkeys!!! And that woodpecker...he's so colorful!!

Dianne said...

wild turkeys remind me a bit of prehistoric birds

I love the little peckers

Lisa@ButteryBooks said...

Interesting to have turkeys cross your yard. Do they wreak havoc on your plants?

Ralph said...

The turkeys seem to have an attitude, and with 25 of them, I'd take the picture while behind glass...the little birds are more accepting of having their pictures taken, but would prefer you shot from inside. Birds of all types are so photogenic!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

a turkey's walk reminds me of that inspector guy walking/sneaking up on someone... ya know what i mean? i thought it was inspector gadget, but that's not it...
i really wish my memory was better! LoL! Jim Carey imitated him in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective! LoL!

Kelly said...

Wow! Look at all the turkeys! They seem to be on a mission as they work their way through your yard.

The woodpecker is very pretty. I'm use to seeing the Redheaded variety, or sometimes the big Pileated kind.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Wonderful backyard (as always). The top photo looks as if the rafter has a marked path to march down (but they aren't paying any attention to it!).

Sylvia K said...

What terrific shadow shots for the day, Carletta!! Such beautiful turkeys and I love the woodpecker! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful birds and photos.

Regards and best wishes

John McElveen said...

I have got to learn to take bird pics like you! Simply stunning!

Gobble Gobble- come November! ;-)

John

TexWisGirl said...

so cool that you get them so 'up close and personal'! :)

JunieRose2005 said...

Always love seeing your visitors, Carletta!

Joan said...

What a fun site to see, roaming across the yard!
Love the photo of the nuthatch. Wonder what he is thinking. lol

Becky said...

How lucky you are to have turkeys in your yard. I did up until this year when our neighbors tied their dog out in their back yard. Now no more wildlife stops by... Good thing the birds aren't afraid. Nice shot of the red wattle!

Rose said...

I would have so much fun watching them...just wonderful that you can see them in your own yard.

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh how I LOVE nuthatches!

I wonder why the turkeys like your backyard so much.

Colin said...

Great photo of the "rafter group" crossing your yard. Love that "new" term - "RAFTER"!
Now every time I see a photo of the Aussie tennis champ, Pat Rafter, I will wonder where all his feathers are!! ha ha!
Your American turkeys just look very much like ordinary turkeys! The bush turkeys here are very different and are absolutely the scourge of garden lovers!
I would love to see a photo, if possible, of one of the gobblers strutting his stuff!!!
Great shots, Carletta.
Colin
Brisbane, Australia - where presently it is NOT raining!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Your wild turkeys have such dramatic presence! Fine looking birds, definitely appearing to be on a serious mission! And love the little feathers! So cute!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Great shadow shots, I love your Turkeys,and agree with Colin your American Turkeys look very different from even our bush turkeys here in New Zealand.

chubskulit said...

You've got that many turkey out there? Wow. I only seen a couple here this year.

Chubby N Chieque said...

Turkies? In your yard? Wow... how I wish I find one in Stockholm, §:-(

This shots are absolutely stunning. You did a great job. Love the lil one posing for you.

Happy SSS...

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

What a treat to be able to sit inside and watch that many turkeys wander around your property. Love the little woodpecker and nuthatch!

Laura said...

we had the most adorable turkey family (momma and 7 "chicks") living in our yard last summer...it was so much fun to watch them grow.

Costin Comba said...

Beautiful pictures. I am invite you to subscribe to my "Life in Pictures" meme. Have a nice week. Greetings from Romania.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Turkeys in the shadow,
Turkeys in the sun,
Turkeys in the meadow
Till the day is done!


© 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadowy Reflections

Bill S. said...

Great pictures and comments. Spring is always fun to see what shows up next.

Willard said...

A lot of good photos here. I have really had the turkeys coming in all winter, but they have slacked off a bit now. I am glad you get to see them so much as I think they are fascinating birds. I am looking forward to photographing them during spring gobbling time and hope you continue to see and photograph them as well.