"There's a bunch of turkeys in the yard."
As soon as I heard his words, I switched gears from working online to real-time interaction with wildlife just outside the house.
While Timmy leaned on the window-seat to watch, I grabbed my camera and zoomed in on a flock of eight females (hens) and one young male (a jake) wandering across an unmown field between the woods and lakes.
|The flock of wild Osceola turkeys wandering across the field between the lake and woods|
Although Tim and I were more than 50-feet away inside a building looking through a window, the turkeys seemed quite aware of our presence.
|Hens paying attention to their surroundings|
As you watch the video below you'll notice several birds standing quite still looking toward the camera while a couple other hens seem more intent on finding food in the long grass and weeds than assessing potential danger.
If my son hadn't noticed the turkeys when he did, I probably would not have seen them. During the time when the flock was meandering through the yard, I was in one of those all too familiar online trances that have become commonplace in our computer-connected society.
Now that the interaction is over, I can't help but wonder how many other wildlife encounters I've missed by being too 'busy' doing 'important' stuff online (think: Facebook) when I could have been interacting with subjects of real importance like wild turkeys and other untamed wonders.
Such is a push-pull of the modern world: How to live with an awareness of nature while staying connected via the Internet with the world outside our door. It's an effort I'm still working on...