Friday, April 04, 2008

Almost Dream Turkey Images

Last week we were pulling out the garage, Bob notice my flock was feeding.  I had my camera ready, requested he stop and let me see if I can take a few shots.  Frankly we both thought they would run away. SHOCKED the turkeys let me get about 15 feet away from them to take pictures.  While the images I am posting are not my perfect dream shots, I am still very excited to have taken a few with tom's tail feathers fanned opened, strutting...it is mating season. I am still determined to take my perfect image but my chances are now less, they no longer need to be fed (on the last bag of fed), there is more opened ground.

I really enjoyed watching "my flock" over the winter and I learned a lot about wild turkeys....I even became attached to them.  The end of April  the hens will leave the flock, nest and the poults (young) will hatch.  It will take about two weeks, when their wings develop, to fly and roost in the trees.  In three weeks the hens and poults (8-15) will rejoin the flock.

To see all my turkey images click on 
Guess Who Came For Breakfast and Dinner "Wild Turkey" - a photoset on Flickr

14 comments:

specialadyfink said...

Honey-they look perfect to me.I can't get within 100 yards of the ones around here and they scamper up into the woods before I get my camera onto them.
You got good shots.
Connie

madcobug said...

I think you did great myself. Helen

nhd106 said...

How neat!  I went running after some wild bird yesterday, early evening, in my socks.   Just missed the shot, and came back in with wet socks and shivers.
Oh well...we can't all be as lucky as YOU!
; O

Nancy

mariebm56 said...

Those are cool shots, that big turkey is something.....sorta reminds me of my ex...Ü

justplainbill said...

Nice pictures. Wonder how many are in that flock? Looks like at least twenty to me. Bill

badge9408 said...

I see you still have SNOW,  we do also, its raining and 38 here, still about 2 feet snow around and about, rivers are coming up, can't open up camp yet at the lake,
"WONDERFUL PICTURES",   THE SUGARBUSH SURE BRINGS BACK MEMORIES.
Spring can not be far away!


radar446 said...

first it was the Moose, now the wild Turkeys.  You are just achieving those goals right and left aren't you.  These are very nice pictures, and you really did get him in a very regal moment.

Greg

rap4143 said...

Greg it is called determination :).

Bill "my flock" has 28 and they all made it through the winter.  The end of April starts hunting season just for the gobblers (males).  

Betty

luvrte66 said...

I love your turkey pictures--we have them, too!

Thank you for your nice comment on my journal--I'll be stopping by yours again. Your pictures are wonderful!

Beth

fasttrack58 said...

I love the first one, you can see all the colors!
Have a great weekend!
Linda :)

pharmolo said...

Beautiful pics, Betty, they stand out so well against the snow

cmishvicki said...

Betty...these are great! They look nice and plump--obviously you've done a wonderful job of feeding them. I wonder if they'll look for you to feed them again next year--do turkeys remember things like that? It will be interesting to see if they come back for you to feed again.
Vicki

libragem007 said...

beautiful pictures...it does look like they're in someone's  dream.
Gem :-)

Dave Chesak said...

Amazing shots! You must be a turkey whisperer! Very nice quality too.