Monday, March 18, 2013

Let's Talk Turkey...that is, Wild Turkey


So often, when traveling the country back roads, a fence prevents me from getting close to the subject I'm photographing. When I first saw a group of 20 Wild Rio Grande Turkeys, they were already walking away from me.


Spring time, when romance is in the air, the Toms (male turkeys) strut their stuff and fluff their feathers, trying to attract every female within site.









The Tom was not impressed with my camera and continued to show his back side. The outside edge of the tale feathers appear to be yellow.  Aren't their colors amazing?





You can see the Tom's wing tips dragging the ground. This is a warning signal to the younger males, called Jakes, to keep their distance.

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To give you some idea how far away they were, look at the barbed wire fence and then, how small the turkeys appear. The zoom, on my camera, was extended as much as possible.

If you would like to see more of these beautiful birds, click HERE, for a video presented by Texas Parks and Wildlife. You will not be disappointed....

Meggie Mac

20 comments:

  1. Hi Meggie, I really enjoyed the video about Texas turkeys! I had no idea that there were different types of wild turkeys. We have many in our yard and they drive our dog crazy. And they are so funny. Last spring I had two males battling it out and then many, many chicks! They should be starting their nesting now, although we are expecting snow and ice today. Thanks for this entertaining post! Have a nice day. Linda

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    1. Hi Linda.....I'm so glad you took the time to look at the video. I have played it several times myself. I laugh every time I see it.

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  2. I really enjoyed this post Meggie. I have never seen wild turkeys..
    You have a few species down there in Texas. The Rio Grande is my favorite looking one..he is real handsome.
    Amazing how the people can imitate the turkey.. ha ): i should imagine their prize is a big fat turkey!
    thanks Meggie..
    val

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    1. They are so entertaining to watch, especially in the wild. I glad you watched the video!

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    1. Hello Ms Sparrow, I was thinking about you when I wrote the post...I guess I found some of your turkeys' relatives.

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  4. We had wild turkeys when we lived in Connecticut, but not as lovely as yours. Thank you for the information on their behavior; they're really quite impressive. XOXO

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    1. Hi Susan...they do like to put on a show!

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  5. I love seeing the wild turkeys while driving through the countryside, but I've never had any luck with snapping them. You got some amazing shots!

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  6. Hi Cheryl....I was just lucky. Five mintues later, on the back roads, and I would have missed them.

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  7. Great photos of the toms in full strut!

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    1. Hello Brian...thanks for taking a look...

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  8. Ah, beautiful photo's. And to see those turkeys and the toms show in the wild must be very impressive. Groetjes, Gerda

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    1. Hello Gerda....they are very impressive. I watched until they moved out of my sight!

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  9. What wonderful photos! I especially like it taken with the barbed wire in the picture...it adds interest! We see a big flock of wild turkeys here in our community in Florida...on the golf course! lol We were so surprised the first time we saw them but know now they live here, too! Enjoy your week!

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    1. I was hoping it give the feeling of distance. Turkeys on the golf course are no good...

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  10. Hi Meggie, A few years ago we have a flock of wild turkeys roaming around our neighborhood. Someone had raised them and accidentally let them back into the wild. They got a little too friendly and the game commission had to round them up and take them to a better place. I like the name Rio Grande turkeys. I'm not sure what kind our visitors were. I did like how the Toms would fan out their tail feathers and strut their stuff. Joyous Wishes, Linda

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    1. Hi Linda...Turkeys can be a nuisance in the wrong location. They are great to watch in the country.

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  11. Meggie those turkey pictures were great, and the first two were fabulous even !

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    1. Thanks so much, Willow. I was just lucky enough to be in the right spot to see them. If I had been looking to my left while driving, I would have missed them.

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