My husband and I go to Seagrove, NC every year on our anniversary to visit the many potteries there. We didn’t see any pottery we liked at this particular place, but they had a lot of “cute” animals walking around. This turkey came right up to me and posed for a few pics.

A turkey is either of two or three living species of large birds in the genus Meleagris. One species, Meleagris gallopavo, commonly known as the Wild Turkey, is native to the forests of North America. The other species, Meleagris ocellata, known as the Ocellated Turkey, is native to the forests of the Yucatán Peninsula.

The domestic turkey is a descendant of the Wild Turkey and features prominently in the menu of the U.S. and Canadian holidays of Thanksgiving and that of Christmas in many countries.

Turkeys are classed in the taxonomic order of Galliformes. Within this order they are relatives of the family/subfamily Tetraonidae (grouse). Turkeys have a distinctive fleshy wattle that hangs from the underside of the beak, and a fleshy protuberance that hangs from the top of its beak called a snood. With wingspans of 1.5–1.8 metres (4.9–5.9 ft), the turkeys are by far the largest birds in the open forests in which they live. As with many Galliform species the female (hen) is smaller than the male (tom or gobbler) and is much less colorful. – wikipedia

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  • jadeast
    jadeastover 4 years ago

    Good portrait Pam. We had a few on the farm when I was a kid, they could be quite territorial.

  • Thanks J.D. This guy was pretty non-threatening. I think he was looking for a little handout. Unfortunately we didn’t have food to give him.

    – Lolabud

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Pam. IAmazing to be so close! Looks like you guys had a good trip and I’m glad. I know how you look forward to iy every year. XXSUEXX

  • Thanks Sue. I had in my view finder as he walked up to us, and he was getting so close, I was having trouble focusing on him. It actually startled me how close he was when I took the camera away from my eye. Some turkeys can be a little aggressive, but he was seemed very friendly.

    – Lolabud

  • Jenny Brice
    Jenny Briceover 4 years ago

    An excellent portrait Pam. It is such an ugly bird, but so interesting.

  • Thanks Jenny. Ugly in a cute kind of way. He was pretty friendly. He came right over to visit.

    – Lolabud

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 4 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant capture dear Pam!
    Such a beautiful specimen indeed……………..xoxoxoxo

  • Thanks Rose. I thought he was pretty cute. I told my husband I wanted to get one………he kind of nixed the idea.

    – Lolabud

  • MaeBelle
    MaeBelleover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful gobbler!Great portrait♥ very informative narrative on them also,:o)) God Bless,Mae

  • Thanks very much Mae. He sauntered over to visit. He actually came up very close.

    – Lolabud

  • danamh40
    danamh40over 4 years ago

    What a great capture! Beautiful colors, beautiful bird!

  • Nori Bucci
    Nori Bucciover 4 years ago

    WOW!!! What a shot, Pam! I think he’s gorgeous, and you’ve captured him perfectly!

  • Thanks so much Nori. I like his snood.

    – Lolabud

  • Michelle BarlondSmith
    Michelle Barlo...over 4 years ago


  • Thanks Michelle

    – Lolabud

  • Garth Smith
    Garth Smithover 4 years ago

    OMG … its an Ood!

  • LOL!! I have to admit…..I had to google up what an Ood was…but good call.Gotta love Dr. Who! This is an Ood with a snood (the little skin hangy thing on his face)… another google find. I love when I get to learn little tidbits on the bubble. Thanks for stopping by Garth.

    – Lolabud

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    A face only a mother could love!

    Beautiful image and capture!

  • Thanks so much Swaby. I think he’s kind of cute.

    – Lolabud

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