8.01.2008

Such A Turkey

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We've been having nearly daily afternoon thunderstorms. While we appreciate the rain, the lightning is troublesome. Frequent lightning strikes lead to a greater probability of wildfire so we have to stay on our toes and keep a constant vigil. Wildfire is not necessarily a bad thing - it is a natural and often beneficial event in the swamp -- but things are still really dry out there. A wildfire now has the potential to get very hot and hard to contain so we do daily patrols to scout for signs of fire.

The upside of these patrols is the increased opportunity to make regular observations of wildlife. Even wild animals become creatures of habit - at least while the food supply is abundant in the same place. I can pretty much count on seeing this particular turkey working the roadside in the afternoon. I still can't get close enough to get a decent photograph, but it never fails to make me smile when I see this turkey trotting down the road - long legs in constant motion.

2 comments:

Floridacracker said...

Rains early in the day EVERY day here this summer!
Doing it right now as a matter of fact.

Turkeys are a challenge aren't they?
I think you did pretty good.

swamp4me said...

FC,
I was amazed that this picture came out anywhere close to identifiable as a turkey. The shot was taken through the dirty windshield of my running truck with the camera on zoom. Thank goodness for digital cameras ;)
Glad to hear you are getting some rain down your way. As for us, we could still use a few days of a good soaking rain. The water table in the swamp is still too low.