Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Turkey



Today let us share a Thanksgiving tradition, Eastern Wild Turkey

The gobblers pictured here should not be gracing anyone’s Thanksgiving table as this photograph was taken Monday and wild turkey season is past. You may notice that the gobbler standing to the left is exhibiting aggressive body language.

Shortly after these gobblers came into sight the aggressive gobbler strutted as they do during the spring mating season fluffing up and fanning his tail. Then he began circling the other gobbler in an attempt to bring him to battle. This behavior continued as long as they were visible to me which was over 30 minutes. During the entire encounter the harassed gobbler constantly turned away to avoid conflict.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

10 comments:

Tommy V said...

mmmmmmmmm they look tasty

Meggie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mrs. Salty!

Leedra said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How interesting it is to be able to watch all these behaviour patterns in the wild. Interesting post Coy and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

The Riverbum said...

Gobble Gobble

Happy Turkey Day!

Kahshe Cottager said...

A wonderful photo! I have yet to capture the wild ones with their tails spread. Perhaps later when spring is approaching I might have better luck. Aren't the feathers pretty>

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

imac said...

Great Gobblers.
Happy thanksgiving day - my friend.

photowannabe said...

Love the gobbler picture and I want to wish you and Mrs. Salty the most Happy Thanksgiving.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Not so good looking, but with a good taste :-)

fishing guy said...

Salty: A neat story to go along with a great photo.