Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Not the Face That Launched a 1000 Ships

... well maybe that's not fair. She is undoubtedly attractive to a turkey tom.


A couple of turkey flocks - 4 and 12 respectively - (also known as posse or raffle) have been regular at the feeders. As near as I can tell, they are all hens. In the previous picture, note the tan tipped feathers on the breast. The breast feathers of the tom are tipped black.

The turkeys are very skittish, sensing any inside movement. They were a little less so when I crawled to an upstairs window and looked down on them.


In the kitchen, I stood well back from the window. The scene outside was chaotic, especially given the size of these birds, as they competed for the best feeding position at the platform feeder, or on the ground.


When I got close to the window, they spooked and flew.


Good birding!

4 comments:

swenglishexpat said...

It is interesting how different birds have different disturbance thresholds, even among the common garden birds, let alone wild turkeys. I have glass patio doors with a good view from the dining table, and I have studied the habits of different species for a few years now and found it rather fascinating.

Gary said...

Great series of photos,especially the close ups. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Dave said...

Now that would be a cool sight at the feeders!...until it was time to see how much seed they put away!

Julie G. said...

Wonderful images! The Wild Turkeys in our area are extremely skittish. How nice that you could observe them close up. I'm always surprised at how big they are. Cool flight photos!

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