Wild Turkeys & Old Barn on Crawford Road, Dexter

Old Gray Farming Shed in Dexter, Maine

I am not someone who hunts with a gun but rather a person who enjoys being in quiet landscapes with my camera and tripod. There is nothing much more thrilling than when wild creatures enter a scene unexpectedly that has already been selected, set-up, and composed but just a moment before the shutter has been “clicked” as it happened when this flock of wild turkeys came out from behind this old gray barn located in an autumn green pasture next to the Crawford Road in Dexter.

Wild Turkeys were reintroduced in southern Maine in 1978 after having been pretty much exterminated from the state in the early 1800's as a result of clearing so much coastal land for farming and hunting them in general. Since being reintroduced, the quickly increased in numbers and in their range of coverage to where they are now even in northern Maine. Other than man, their main predator is the coyote. During the night, wild turkeys roost in trees for safety.

Image Specs: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens at 120mm, Exposure: 1/20 Sec; f/18; ISO 160.

Photo# Dexter-34A8070

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