Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Strutting in the Snow


Canon EOS 6D, EF 600mm f/4 IS USM   F/5.6, 1/250 ISO-1000
Often in casual conversation around this time of year someone will ask, "are the turkeys gobbling yet"?  And the answer is always "yes".  Wild turkeys do not wait for spring or even spring like weather to begin gobbling.   While a male turkey may gobble at any time of the year it is during February that they begin to show interest in the upcoming mating season. 
 



Canon EOS 6D, EF 600mm f/4 IS USM   F/5.6, 1/1000 ISO-1600
As the month progresses the strutting and gobbling intensifies as illustrated by this big tom photographed on February 20th of this year.  While the males are ready to rumble now and are engaging in establishing dominance, it will be a few more weeks before the hens will share their mating interest. 
 


Canon EOS 6D, EF 600mm f/4 IS USM   F/5.6, 1/200 ISO-320



5 comments:

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous pictures.

Montanagirl said...

Superb photos, Coy! You stole my thunder though: I was going to post some of my wild turkey photos tomorrow - maybe I still will. They're not as good as yours though.

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful shots!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Nice colours on the head. They are really big. Would have been fun to see them here in Sweden in the wildness....

Jessica said...

Brilliant captures -- love!!