Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Turkeys

The perfect days of spring have finally arrived; the air is fresh and clear, coaxed across the countryside by a gentle breeze, and the green, galloping across the landscape, has won its race against winter's brown.




Eastern wild turkeys frequent this area and this year 2 gobblers have been entertaining 3 hens (and us, from behind the windows).  From one side of the house, we'll see the dominant gobbler strutting for the hens...




...and then we'll hear a gobble from the other direction, and see the sub-dominant gobbler all puffed out, practicing his dance with the mincing steps and fanning tail, until the larger bird will come and chase him off.  Then he'll fold down his feathers and slink away, only to strike up again when the boss has left.

The big guy has been absent the last couple of days, probably off with his harem of hens, but junior is hanging around near the house, eating clover and still practicing his steps, hoping something might happen to his opponent.  Turkey fights can get pretty nasty.  He'd better watch his back.











31 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

gorgeous light on those feathers! so pretty!

Gary said...

Great close up!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Junior is one handsome gobbbler! Keep practicing Jr. and one day the ladies will notice YOU!

Karen said...

Love the iridescence of those feathers!

Pat said...

Great shots. I love the clover sticking out of his mouth.

heyBJK said...

That second photo is gorgeous, Connie! There's nothing like watching a tom strut for the ladies.

NatureStop said...

Great shots...love the second one!

Shantana

fjÀllripan said...

Beautiful photos of the turkey! They are so shiny and coulorful. :)

Barb said...

How fun! Lucky you to get to witness that! Your shots are fantastic!

Frank said...

Super colours and sheen on the gobbler. Lovely shots Connie.

pens and needles said...

What handsome fellows! Hope they can figure out how to get along ... there are plenty of girls out there for both of them.

HansHB said...

Great shots, lovely colours!
Happy WBW to you!

Horst in Edmonton said...

Connie, you have some great photos of these wild Turkey's. wonderful.

Andrew said...

We don't have wild turkeys in the UK so many thanks for sharing yours Connie.. lovely images.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

So colorfully detailed with fantastic light. Well done

lisa said...

Connie, I did not realize that turkeys were so colorful!
These photographs are fantastic!
I hope you had a beautiful Easter.
xo.

mick said...

Great photos and very interesting to be able to watch the birds strutting like that.

eileeninmd said...

What fun, to watch the turkeys in your yard. They are pretty with the light shining on them great shots.

Gillian Olson said...

They are wonderful looking birds.

Springman said...

Fantastic to see the males display like that, what a sight!

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Beautiful bright colorful feathers! Wow - we see wild turkeys pretty often when we're in Oregon and when we travel, but those are the loveliest ones I've ever seen.

Arija said...

That first shot is just fabulous, showing all the bronze sheen on the feathers.

Andrea said...

We have wild turkeys in our area, but they don't come close to our homes. From a distance they just look black ... I much prefer your colorful version. You are blessed to get that close and see the real beauty of these birds. Thank you ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Antonio Puigg said...

Great capture Connie.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful! I still have not sen our wild turkeys displaying this season. btw, never realized until just now, that I was not already a follower to your blog and so... I just fixed it;)

joo said...

The first one looks as if made of brass;)

hannah said...

These are outstanding, Connie. I have never seen such clear images of these birds anywhere. The metallic effect came off so well. That lens is doing you proud. And i never realized that they displayed like peacocks.

Andee said...

You have such beautiful pictures!

Beverly said...

Connie, these guys are gorgeous. Your photography is so fun to look at, it's almost like really being there.

Thanks for stopping by my place and knowing the name of the wild flower in my photo - the Spring Beauty.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jennifer Richardson said...

what a gorgeous coat of feathers
this guy has....beautiful shot,
Connie!
glad the green has found you:)
wishing you a weekend of wonder,
Jennifer

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Beautiful light and colours. I didn't realise the turkeys were so beautiful.