Showing posts with label Turkeys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Turkeys. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Turkeys at the Window


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Peaceful Scene

I can't often get all the critters in one shot like this. Deer and turkey in the front field.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Turkeys in the Rain

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

A Flock of Turkeys

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Too-Late Tom

Mating season for turkeys is nearly over, but this poor tom hasn't picked up on the hints yet. He has been strutting in my backyard every morning for a week. This morning I saw a hen walk past him as if he wasn't standing there in all his glory, doing his best Elvis impression to woo the ladies.

He looks pretty handsome to me.

I love this shot with the sun on his tail feathers.

His head thrusts out when he goes to gobble.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Another Gobbler

Gobbler in the woods.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

How Turkeys Mate

This morning I saw a first - I saw a gobbler catch his hen and have his way with her.

It started out odd. The hen was on the ground in front of the gobbler, almost like she'd bowed down to him. Then he climbed on top of her. I was watching from a window and I confess my first thought was, "What the hell is going on?" and then I realized, as I watched the gobbler start to thrust, that they were having sex.

I had not given much thought to how turkeys have sex.

It went on long enough for me to leave the bedroom and into my office to grab a camera and get back to the window in time to take about 35 photos. I mean, how often do you get to see this?

Like, next to never.

This is from a science website:

"If the female turkey is receptive to his advances she will lower herself in front of the male. The male hops up on top of the female to mate with her. Sperm is transferred from the male's cloaca to the female's cloaca. The cloaca is the name for the vent that leads to the turkeys' sex organs. The turkeys place their vents next to each other in order to allow the transference of sperm."

So that is what I was watching in scientific terms.

Holy cow. Or maybe "totally turkey."

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Mr. Tom Takes a Strut

Monday, March 11, 2019

Two Friends Out For A Stroll

A little walk along the fence row.
They really do come up quite close to the house.

Monday, February 11, 2019

February Tom Turkeys

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

A Rafter of Turkeys

A flock of turkeys is also called a rafter in some places. Don't ask me why. Maybe because turkeys sit up high in trees to roost.

Anyway, we had a whole gang of turkeys (they're also called gangs) in the backyard on Sunday. I counted 40 turkeys at one time, the largest flock (or rafter or whatever) I've ever seen. I had no idea there were that many around.

Thirty years ago we never saw turkeys. Then one or two showed up, and now we have a rafter of 40 birds roaming around. Pretty amazing, really.

Here are photos. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get all 40 in one picture because I had to wait until they left the back yard to open the door and slip outside with the camera. There are over 20 in several of these photos, though.

I count 21 turkeys in this picture.

I count 27 in this picture (don't forget the one in the tree).

I like this shot because I caught one as it flew over the fence. I count 20 turkeys in this photo.

A close-up. The tree to the left has dried-up persimmons on it.

Call me "Handsome."

There must be something there.

The gang of three.


Joe Cool the Turkey

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Friends in the Rain

It was pouring rain when I shot these photos Saturday. I cleared them up a bit with software because it was raining so hard the camera had trouble focusing.

I always like to see the deer and turkey together. Too bad the bear didn't make an appearance!

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Forlorn Tom

We've had a single male turkey hanging around the house for days now. We saw other turkeys doing their mating dance a month ago, several toms together chasing after hens. I thought they were finished with their spring mating.

However, this poor guy seems to be out of rhythm. He stands in the front yard and struts his stuff, and then lets out a wild gobble that makes me jump if I am not aware he's so close to the window.

This morning he was out back again, gobbling away. A hen across the hill answered him once, then dismissed him.

Apparently he doesn't measure up, but he seems a handsome bird to me.

Friday he strutted in the rain. Three hens nearby simply ignored him while he did his best to gain their attention. He was at it for over an hour.

I shot these photos through a window with a screen on it, so they're not the best. Don't you think he's handsome?

To show you how close he was to the house as I looked out the window.

Photos shot with a Nikon Coolpix B700.