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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Wild Turkeys

The deep snow has brought some Wild Turkeys closer to roads in order to find food left from corn harvesting.  I recently came across a group of eighteen such birds, mostly gobblers, and was able to obtain a few photos...




Mixed groups of gobbles contain "jakes" or young of the year birds with short beards...


And mature birds called "long beards" or "boss" gobblers by some hunters...




In a few short weeks the turkey woods will be ringing with gobbles as the males try to attract females to mate with.  An exciting time to be out whether one is a hunter or a photographer.

2 comments:

  1. Great encounter and excellent photos, Steve.

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    1. Thanks, Willard. I love to photograph turkeys. I wish I could get closer more often but I am grateful when I do.

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