Saturday, April 12, 2008

Photo Hunters: A Twist On Turkeys

Here is a new twist to my previous turkey photos (see also here): a displaying male. I saw these three turkeys in a field on Chamberlin Road in Barton on Friday afternoon. I have never before seen, let alone photograph, a male displaying his plummage. Click here for information on wild turkeys and to listen to their sounds.

I had to use a full 10x zoom in order to photograph these birds.

Another twist: I have never seen such
red heads on any wild turkeys before.

Here you see the birds meandering into the woods.
These turkeys survived the winter in great condition.


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31 comments:

  1. I think it looks really funny how those turkeys are lifting their legs to walk. Maybe the cold feels bad on their feets!

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  2. I've never seen wild turkeys. It is amazing that each of us has a different slice of nature and with all it has in common, there is so much that is unique. A great twist on the twisted theme, which was a challenging one.

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  3. The ones around here or least I haven't seen it with red heads. I'm guessing that one is a male.
    Sometime you'll see a white one in flock most of the time its a domestic bird that got mixed in with a wild one.
    Mine is up

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  4. I think this may well be the first blog on which I've seen photos of wild turkeys! ;b

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  5. What a wonderful opportunity to take these pictures !

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  6. I LOVE the turkey pics! They are so beautiful...from a distance. I can add that having been chased by a wild turkey once-they are totally TWISTED! Crazy birds!

    Thanks for stopping by (I believe the tree was a type of oak, but I'll have to look it up to be sure.)

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  7. What an amazing opportunity to see these birds! My husband's uncle has a group of wild turkeys that wander through his property and we saw them at Easter.

    Thanks for commenting on my barbed wire fence. Yes, this is the west, good guess! Oregon - on the more desert side of the state where the cowboy still reigns.

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  8. Great sequence of shots of the wild turkeys. I saw my first wild turkey last fall during a walk on the appalachian trail in the NC mountains. I didn't get good shots like you did.

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  9. that's a good twist on turkeys, they are beautiful

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  10. Nice pictures. I live in a rather hilly area in New York State and for some reason, I've been seeing fewer and fewer wild turkeys in my area. I used to see them in groups of threes or fours. I haven't seen one lately.

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  11. They might be dancing to the twist during winter! =) Fun post for today! Thanks for your kind comments and Happy weekend!

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  12. Now this is so ultra cool! What a treat to see them in the wild and to capture their mating skills in the moment.. I love it!

    And well I hope to help you run into a few more walls checking out some more of the photos of looking up (more to come)... :)

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  13. I love birds... of ALL types! These are some good-looking wild turkeys.

    My "twisted" photos are up for the week, too... come visit! :-)

    http://lorivillarreal.typepad.com/do_you_realize/

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  14. Wonderful photographs! We do have wild turkey here and I've seen the male showing off, but I've never been ready with my camera. They are usually quick to fly away. Hope your weekend is delightful.

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  15. Wow great shots Andree! WE don't have wild turkeys here.. the nearest I get to a Wild Turkey is a glass of said whiskey! Happy weekend

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  16. What a wonderful serendipitous event for you Andrée. I did not even know they did display but then I know nothing about them. I do now. Have a great weekend.

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  17. Great sequence! Iwas gonna make a cheap joke about the whiskey, but somebody beat me to it LOL.

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  18. What a great chance to see those turkeys!! Love your shots for the theme. I guess they are happy they made it beyong Thanksgiving...ha!
    Happy PH and happy weekend

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  19. Wow - what great shots. Love the 2nd one.

    Happy Weekend.

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  20. I've never seen wild turkeys, let alone a male showing off!

    Great photos.

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  21. Those turkeys are awesome! Great pics and great take on the TWIST theme:)
    You have lots of very cute cats too ;)
    Purrs Mickey

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  22. Wow! That's neat!

    And a nice "twist" on the theme. :)

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  23. I'm trying to imagine the turkeys lifting up their legs at each step they take :)
    Nice and cool shots of them!!
    Have a good weekend!

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  24. I'm glad those turkeys survived the winter and seem to be doing well. Great shots.

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  25. Thanks for visting. Love your twist on turkeys...

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  26. What a great twist on the theme today :) I've only seen a turkey wild once, and it was quite far away.

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  27. thanks for sharing these twists on turkeys. it's an eye opener indeed. didn't know they exhibit these.


    thanks for the visit! :)

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  28. These are terrific shots! Happy photo hunting :)

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  29. There's a flock of wild turkeys in our neighbor, but I'd never gotten a shot of his feathers up. Well done!

    Thanks for visiting!

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  30. How fun! I've never seen these, other than in pictures. Great shots!

    Looks like we're still keeping up with each other on the snow front. We had a terrible storm today, that may have helped melt more of it.

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  31. I love wild turkeys! :-D

    They used to be so much rarer. When I studied wildlife management at the Forestry school, they were extremely rare (40-some years ago).

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