Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wild Turkeys on the Wing

Wild turkeys spend most of their time on the ground usually prefering walking or running.  However when the mood strikes they are perfectly capable of lifting their heavy bodies into the air.  With strong wingbeats they will rise quickly and then glide to their destination.

Willard and I watched a small flock of immature gobblers this morning  as they decided to fly over, rather than walk through, a patch of dense cover.  One by one the birds lifted up and glided into the a open field.

As each turkey made its flight we followed their progress with our cameras; trying to capture sharp images of the big birds in flight.

Their flight, while not graceful by any measure still is more graceful than the landing.

8 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

ha ha! love those feather striations!

Salvador Recio Urbano said...

preciosas fotografias, precioso blog, un trabajo magnifico, enhorabuena. Un saludo.

Antonette said...

I never saw a turkey in flight. Very well done and very interesting!

Montanagirl said...

Great job on capturing the Turkeys in flight. That's not so easy to do. Love them all!

Ian Nance said...

Great pics again. Love watching wild turkey!

Arija said...

I have seen many wild turkeys on various blogs but this is a first for me. Great flight shots.

imac said...

Delightful shots and landings Coy.

Elaine said...

Wow! I've seen wild turkeys several times but never in flight. Fantastic!