Wild Turkey: Laudholm Farms, Wells, Maine, USA — We have had unusually large flocks of Wild Turkeys this year, all fall, out in yards and fields, feeding. Maybe they feel more secure with the limits on human activity imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Certainly their domestic brethren are getting a break this year, as the traditional 20 pound turkey on the table to feed 20 is just not happening…or should not be happening…in the middle of this most recent and most severe outbreak of the virus. Still we have much to be thankful for, and the opportunity to observe wild birds is high on my list. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.
Black-capped Chickadee: Kennebunk, Maine, USA — I have been observing the different ways birds deal with food they take from our feeders. Specifically the clear difference between nuthatches and chickadees. Both chickadees and nuthatches carry the food away in their beaks, but chickadees use their feet like we use hands…to hold the food, while balanced on the other leg…as they dissect it. Nuthatches do not use their feet at all…they wedge the food in a crack to do their dissecting. It does not matter what kind of food. The chickadee here has a mealworm, but they deal with sunflower seeds the same way. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos. ISO 400 @ f4 @ 1/500th. And a very happy Thanksgiving to you all.