Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Prison With a View




It's pretty silly, I suppose, to be trapped in one's house by a turkey, 
but more than once lately, that's what has happened here.  
To the east of the house a gobbler will appear over the brow of the hill, 
often by the old leaning tree, his tail fanned into a perfect arch, 
his feathers displaying their iridescent sheen in the sunlight.  





He takes mincing steps, 
his eyes trained on the hens for whom his display is intended, 
and who, as usual, ignore him.  
We watch, fascinated again by the scene we've witnessed so often. 

Sooner or later, however, one has to leave the house.  
It might be easy to slip out the back. 
Well no, actually, the deer are browsing on the west side of the house, 
and we'd hate to disturb them.





So, up goes the garage door; there's a gobble, then strong wing flaps.





The turkeys clear the trees sail away.



They'll be back soon enough,

amazing us with their beauty.

and in the meantime, we're going to revel in our brief freedom.







25 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful! i feel that way sometimes with the ducks around here - won't let the dogs out. won't go outside. i don't want to disturb their feeding. :)

pens and needles said...

How fortunate you are, Connie, to get to be so up close and personal with these creatures! What beautiful birds they are!

Terri said...

He's strutting his stuff there, isn't he!

HansHB said...

Great post, nice contribution to WBW!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Really neat...I so enjoy Wild Turkeys! I actually saw from a slight distance this AM 2. I would love to see the Toms' showing their feathers again...very nice post!

mick said...

Great photos of very beautiful birds. How nice to have wildlife that close to you house.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that is a royal apperance. Gorgeous, but to be trapped in once house.....

eileeninmd said...

Wow, the male is beautiful! Awesome captures!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is a beautiful turkey and worth being held captive for a while.

Rebecca said...

Wonderful photos! I've been hearing a lot of turkeys lately, but have yet to see one. Great shots :)

Karen said...

I was a female turkey, he'd impress me!

Carole M. said...

fabulous pics; a handsome turkey indeed

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

I didn't know turkeys were such handsome birds! You certainly enjoy the wild around you , without even leaving the house. Are the turkeys or deers likely to charge at you?

Brian King said...

Fantastic shots! It's not everyone who gets to see a turkey in full strut in their own yard!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful shots!

Stewart M said...

Some people get trapped between a rock and a hard place - but this is an unusual variation on that!

Nice post!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the vermilon River, Canada.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Honestly, I have NEVER before seen a turkey, wild or tame, fly before!! Amazing. Amazing post.

Arija said...

I would not mind being stuck in your 'prison' for a while. Love the grand display.

bailey-road.com said...

He's pretty magnificent looking!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Great series of photos!

Barb Brookbank said...

Truly an incredible sight! I'd love to see one of those. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to find you again too!

Gracie O'Tripp said...

Wow that's a show the turkey is putting on. Very impressive. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Sharon said...

Hey Connie,
I have been enjoying your posts so much lately. Your Spring is ahead of ours here in Michigan, so it has been fun to enjoy it vicariously!
Thanks so much for sharing.

Jennifer Richardson said...

you live in a wonderland:)
thank you for sharing,
Jennifer