Monday, March 17, 2014

Strutting Their Stuff

Canon EOS 6D, EF 600mm f/4 IS USM   F/5.6, 1/400 ISO-800
As spring grows nearer wild turkey gobbler's are being seen more frequently strutting and gobbling. 
I have not observed any interest on the part of the hens yet but it won't be long before they will join in and the mating season will begin in earnest. 

The normal impression of a wild turkey seen at a distance is that of a large bald-headed black bird, but when seen close-up in good light the iridescent feathers of a mature gobbler glow as if illuminated from within with a multi-colored sheen.  

I am always amazed at how quickly a gobbler's head can change colors.  Normally a dark drab bluish hue with some red mixed, in the turkeys head can change colors in a matter of seconds as he becomes excited.

Right now the strutting and gobbling appears to be all about establishing dominance between the gobblers both within an individual flock and between flocks of males.

However in the near future as the hens become receptive the male's displays will be all about attracting hens.


TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful.

Ruth Hiebert said...

The colours on those feathers is amazing.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Such beauties. Hunters around here are in the woods now looking for them, but they are smart animals here in Alabama.

Montanagirl said...

Stunning photos, Coy! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment.

Elaine said...

These are truly fantastic! The colors are beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the turkeys!

Unknown said...

If Ben Franklin got his way, this bird would have been our national bird instead of the Bald eagle.

Lindsjö taxar said...

They have Lovely colours....great Pictures.