As I rounded a bend, I came upon a fenced pasture and noticed a flock of turkeys in the distance. I pulled off the road, took out my camera and zoomed in to focus on the birds far across the field.
|Even from several hundred feet away, the turkeys seemed to know I was watching them. I was photographing the turkeys but later noticed two small yellow birds on the ground. Can you find them?
|Two female turkeys pecking for bugs, seeds or bits of grain
|What a surprise to see a red-bellied woodpecker when I uploaded this picture
|So much was going on in that field. Here's one of several killdeer I saw on the ground
|High up in a cypress tree overlooking the field with the turkeys was a white ibis
|And just down the road this tricolored heron was hanging around a plant-clogged pond. The pond might be full of weeds but the heron caught himself a good sized fish while I watched from the car.
|Wish I'd taken a better picture of its catch
|And one final picture - three bored looking turkey vultures with their bright red faces, looking resigned to dine on whatever carnage they can find.
Although I'm not big on holiday gift-giving, I am enjoying this present to myself. While others are unwrapping the latest this or must-have that, my present was a quiet ride through the countryside capturing images of animals in the wild.
Like all great presents, it's just what I wanted