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Strutting his stuff

A tom turkey struts with a group of hens just south of Carlos Corners on County Road 42 this spring. (Contributed by Steven Clipperton)

Alexandria’s Steven Clipperton had been out with his camera all afternoon at the Carlos State Park earlier this spring hoping for some opportunities to snap wildlife photos that never came until he decided to call it a day.

Clipperton was on his way home that evening when he saw this tom strutting on the side of a road with a group of hens and jakes. There were 15 turkeys total just south of Carlos Corners on County Road 42 when he pulled over and broke out his 70-400mm telephoto lens to capture some images.

“I have seen turkeys in that area but only one or two at a time,” Clipperton said. “They usually don’t stick around long enough for a picture. Right place, right time, pretty much sums it up.”

Clipperton has a website with many more photos of wildlife from the Alexandria area. Visit to see more.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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