If at first you don’t succeed…

The Neighborhood Boys Club

We’re coming up on our three year anniversary in our new house and there’s been one constant since the day we moved in.

Turkeys.

Specifically wild turkeys. Sometimes it’s only one or two, sometimes, as is the case now that mating season is ramping up, the flocks have been much larger. I’ve counted as many as 22 turkeys marching through our yard.

Lady’s Choice.

Along with the turkey constant, comes my desire to be able to capture a few decent photos of them. So, over the last few days whenever I’ve heard the males gobbling in the woods near the house I’ve rushed to grab my camera in hopes of getting a few good images before the turkeys are on to me and rush off into the woods again. This can be tough, having them so close to the house(the “shade” in the photos is actually the shadow of my house), as well as having so many pairs of eyes on the lookout for danger. And all it takes is one pair of those eyes to catch me lurking about and that’s it, off they go. No more strutting toms with their tail feathers in a fan, no more groups of hens wandering about, they are off like a rocket.

Luckily for me I know they’ll be back tomorrow.

14 thoughts on “Isolation Project, Day 21, and 22.

  1. It’s not easy to make good images of turkeys. We get them in our yard at times and it’s a challenge. They also tend to blend into the natural landscape in these parts. You did well here.

    1. Thanks! The one thing I’ve got going for me is their predictability, and being mating season the heads and wattles on the gobblers are extremely colorful. They also look beautiful, as beautiful as a turkey can look anyway, when they’re in full strut when they’re in the sun. The iridescence of their feathers really shines when the light hits them right.

    1. During the mating season the males, or gobblers, can put on quite a show. Whats truly amazing about that coloration is how quickly they make it disappear. If I startle them, or if they’re just walking through the yard, that bright blue head fades immediately to dull blue grey, and their brilliant red wattles fade to a dull, slightly pinkish hue. It’s amazing to watch because one second they’re in full color mode and in a split second they’ve gone back to their normal, and rather homely selves.

        1. Let’s hope some of the latter, at least for the month of May. Turkey hunting season starts here soon, and even though I used to be a hunter, I’m very much hoping my backyard visitors are able to hide very well for the next month.

  2. I’ve never seen more than one tom at once around here – one ridiculous show-off with a harem of hens just foraging for food and ignoring him. It’s my daily comedy every April!

    1. This is actually a small group. Lately there have been a group of 6-7 coming through the yard. Sometimes they play nice with each other, others there’s a whole lot of squabbling.

  3. There was a flock of turkeys in our neighborhood in Omaha and they had become so accustomed to people that they pretty much ignored me and my camera. I’d try to guess where they were heading, get there first, and sit and wait for them to come to me, and sometimes it actually worked. I have also seen a few wild turkeys here in New Zealand, but only out in the country, off to the side of the highways and well away from people. Yours are really magnificent.

  4. You caught them beautifully, Jeff. Last summer in Wyoming, I saw a flock of wild turkeys more than once and a few years before that, there was a hen with the cutest little babies.

    janet

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