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I found these two male wild turkeys displaying in the woods on a spring morning, attempting to get the attention of a female searching for food across a creek. When one male would move, the other would match the move. Each step, each turn, each head move was made in unison.

And the female ignored it all.

We have a growing population of wild turkeys in several local parks, including Sharon Woods Metro Park north of Columbus, Ohio, where I got this photo. There's no hunting allowed in the parks so there's little that can thin the population. And the turkeys have little motivation to leave the parks.

Note that I flipped the photo in the header horizontally so it would work best with the design.


       About the photographer


I’m a photo hobbyist who lives in Hilliard, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. I typically spend several mornings each week in the woods of local parks, photographing birds and other wildlife. I also enjoy shooting sporting events and photographing different cities when I travel around the country.

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I began doing photography in the pre-digital, pre-autofocus, pre-Internet 1970s. I had a color darkroom in the basement of our house in our hometown, Ashland, Ky., and on occasion would shoot for the newspaper where I worked first as a sports writer, then as city editor. But I put the camera away in the 1980s after burning out from too many of those "hey can you" photo jobs – “hey can you shoot my son's Little League team," or "hey can you shoot my daughter's wedding." I reached the point where I dreaded picking up the camera.

After taking a vacation from photography for more than 20 years, I was using my daughter’s point-and-shoot digital camera to get some photos of her first college tennis match in fall 2004 (she played four years at the University of Akron) and realized how much I missed photography. After doing the “Nikon or Canon” research, I bought a Canon digital SLR , started adding lenses – that’s my Canon 600 f/4L, the lens I use for wildlife and some sports photography, in the photo above – and have been shooting ever since.