My Aunt has a country property just a little north of me with a flock of wild turkeys that happily come and feed on the grain she puts out for them everyday. They are a particularly skittish bird and take off for the hills the moment they see someone coming but my Aunt phoned one day last spring to tell me the males were ‘in season’ and as such tend to be distracted. LoL She suggested it might be a good time to try and get some photographs of them. So off I went a number of times at the crack of dawn to see what I could get in the early morning light.

The male turkeys puff up and do a dance in order to attract the females and the plumage, as you can see from this photo, is quite remarkable. Still, despite their distraction, they were dashing about her garden so hiding from them became quite the game of hide and seek.

Odd isn’t it. They have those lovely feathers and such an…. ahem … unfortunate sort of face. :-) The wattle becomes red when they are attempting to attract a lady and quite white when they are frightened. It was utterly fascinating watching their behaviour.



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  • KMorral
    KMorralover 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture! The hiding and seeking obviously paid off.

  • vera
    veraover 6 years ago

    Wow what a fascinating bird. so full of different textures.

  • janpiller
    janpillerover 6 years ago

    Gorgeous capture!! The monring light is wonderful! We see lots of these up in Muskoka but I’ve yet to capture a male!

  • Plukie
    Plukieover 6 years ago

    Oh Holly, this is absolutely beautiful. The colours of this boy are magnificent, worth all the trouble you had trying to get a photo.

  • Irish
    Irishover 6 years ago

    WOW , What a shot! GREAT!

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 6 years ago

    Great shot and love the composition nice crop…

  • Jessicajil
    Jessicajilover 6 years ago

    I think this is one of the best images I have seen on Rebubble so far .. it’s fantastic!

  • Gene Praag
    Gene Praagover 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythover 6 years ago

    Stunning feather detail, color, clarity – all working together. Great capture

  • nevillecowan
    nevillecowanover 6 years ago

    Great shot Holly, love the way you have filled the frame with him

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