Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot in January 2011.
Male Turkey strutting his stuff at Churchill Island Heritage Farm, Phillip Island, Victoria.
By the look of his snood, he is somewhat excited.
The snood is a fleshy appendage that attaches just above the beak of the male turkey (tom). When the tom relaxes, the snood is short — maybe half an inch long. When the tom struts, usually to impress the ladies or demonstrate how powerful he is, the snood engorges with blood and extends to hang down over the beak. According to the experts, the snood has no known function.
Churchill Island Heritage Farm covers 57 hectares and boasts a historic working farm with ‘hands on’ farming demonstrations reminiscent of a bygone era. including sheep shearing, cow milking, blacksmithing and working dog demonstrations. Churchill Island is easily accessible by an all-vehicle bridge from Phillip Island. First walked by Bunurong Aboriginal people, the island has an important place in the history of European settlement in Victoria.
The Island forms part of the Churchill Island Marine National park and the waters and mudflats surrounding Churchill Island are listed under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.