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.