I photographed this Wild Turkey Taking Dirt Bath at my place near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas.
Wild turkeys are known to take regular dirt baths to keep their feathers in good condition and free of parasites. Taking a dirt bath is an important part of a wild turkey’s natural behavior, and it can be seen in many areas across the United States. By taking a dirt bath, wild turkeys are able to rid themselves of parasites and maintain their feathers in optimal condition. It’s an interesting sight to observe as the birds roll around in the dirt and dust, flapping their wings and making sure they’re completely covered.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: RF100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Near The Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: September 9, 2022 (1:07 P. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f7.1
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 400 (Auto)
- White Balance: Auto
- Metering Mode: Evaluative
- Back-button Focus
- Animal Eye Single Point Auto Focus
- Exposure Compensation: -2/3 EV
- Focal Length: 500 mm