Tom the Turkey looking for fun

I expected to post my updated photo of the colored architectural commission this morning, but had an unexpected change in plans.  I woke up to the sounds of turkey gobbles and because I had wanted to get  photos of a displaying tom if I could,  I got up and went to the window.  There, I saw a hen staggering out on the back lawn with drooping wings and a disjointed gait.  For a brief period of time, I thought she was injured, but then she got up and walked fairly normally in a small circle.  The tom was not visible at first, but then he paraded out of the woods, fully displayed, and silently headed to the hen. 

Two turkeysAs I watched and took photos, they promenaded around each other, stomping their feet in a wonderful dance.  He attempted to circle her and each time she lay herself down in the grass, he attempted to approach her.  She only let him get so close before  getting up and moving away.  They meandered around the lawn for 15 minutes or so before she headed into the woods and down into the ravine.  He followed her to the edge, still displaying, while she remained down in the ravine.  After another five minutes or so, he too headed into the woods and out of my sight.

Turkeys 2


And to top it off, there was also a doe standing on the edge of the woods for a brief period of time.  She curiously watched the hen out in the yard for the longest time.  When the tom came out of the woods, she turned her attention to him briefly, but it suddenly appeared to get all too much for her and she disappeared back into the wood. 


Doe and tomI did get a picture of her and the tom in the same shot.  It’s way too blurry, but you can make her out with him on the edge of the woods.  And there was a great blue heron in the shallow end of the pond.  What a way to start the day.



8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DixCutler
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 13:04:56

    Beautiful start to the day for sure. We do see wildlife on the river — but no deer or turkeys!


  2. ruthsartwork
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 14:00:32

    It was fun. We do have rather voyeuristic deer around here. I still remember the deer stalker who pestered the great blue heron out in the lake with a laugh. That heron was not pleased at being chased around by the doe but he stayed until she gave up her game.


  3. Cindy D.
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 17:20:55

    So nice to have the woods and the wildlife! Turtles and turkeys and deer, oh my! I admit for a few minutes there I thought you were going to give us a mating photo, and it’s just as well not. lol 😉


  4. ruthsartwork
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 17:37:27

    I think the tom would have obliged but she seemed not quite willing. LOL


  5. Sonya Johnson
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 21:11:56

    What a fun/funny display to watch! I love wild turkeys; they are smart and attractive and always a treat to see in the wild. I managed to get a photo of a flock of 5 hens on a hike we did on Thurs – one of the highlights of the hike!


    • ruthsartwork
      Apr 09, 2012 @ 22:01:13

      Yes, it was fun to watch him drumming his feet. We get some rather large flocks around here. I never know what I am going to see when I look out the rear windows.


  6. lesliepaints
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 12:27:18

    I had never seen a wild turkey before in the landscape around here. All of a sudden, this year, I’ve seen them everytime I venture out into the countryside. What is it with that? I know I have not been blind for 61 years. Just last week I drove past a farmer’s field with at least thirty of them feasting. Great photos, Ruth!


  7. ruthsartwork
    Apr 11, 2012 @ 14:26:51

    We see both toms and hens all of the time and had a flock of over 30 cruising past the lake over the winter. I had only seen a tom displaying (driving past at 50 mph) once in 20+ years before we moved here. I did see 2 toms displaying a couple of years ago but of course didn’t have my camera handy. These guys were nice enough to hang out for over 15 minutes so I had time to switch to the telephoto lens and shoot away.


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