Saturday, April 3, 2010

Eastern Wild Turkey: Gobbling Season Arrives

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Mature Eastern Wild Turkey Gobbler Strutting

The Eastern Wild Turkey is Pennsylvania's largest game bird and in fact is actually classified as a big game animal by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  While they are impressive birds at any time of year, they are especially striking in appearance during their mating season, which occurs in the spring.

Gobbling In Unison

 Mature males, known as gobblers, may gobble at any time of year, but do it most often during the mating season, to attract hens or challenge other males. The birds travel in bachelor groups most of the year, although these groups may mix with flocks of hens and young turkeys at times.  They are still likely to be found in these groups during late winter and early spring, but later on are more likely to be found alone with hens as the peak of the actual mating activity occurs.

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24 comments:

A Garden of Threads said...

Great shots of wild turkeys, thanks for sharing.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

We have wild turkeys here. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of them. Have to be on the watch. Happy Easter. Valerie

Hootin' Anni said...

Great...that last one I'm trying to come up with a caption...something like "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?"

Mine is Easter Rabbits

Have a glorious holiday weekend!

Rajesh said...

Fabulous shots.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

The first picture is especially beautiful.The turkeys put on quite the display during mating season.
Have Blessed Easter.
Ruth

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Wow! That first one sure is a handsome specimen! I remember seeing turkeys often when we lived in a suburb of Pittsburgh. I haven't seen any near our suburban home here. Not enough woods in between I suppose. Great shots!

ladyfi said...

I never realized turkeys could be so beautiful!

Carletta said...

While visiting my brother a couple of weeks ago I noticed how colorful a group was that crosses his property daily. I hadn't noticed that until this year.
I have one or two that visit every week. I'm hoping there's a hen in the woods as last year and I get to see babies again. :)
Wonderful shots as always Willard!
Have a blessed Easter!

Coy said...

Superb!!

It just doesn't get any better than this!!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Willard: Great shots, they are amazing.

Kritter Keeper said...

willard, this is so weird, i just finished blogging as i have been sick for two weeks and it was about turkeys too...your photos are far superior to mine...simply breathtaking! i need to put my camera critter logo on...glad i read your blog!

Bird Girl said...

These gobbler pictures are magnificent, Willard! I've been hearing them every morning and I even heard one about 11:30 early this afternoon. How neat that you captured three gobbling in unison - that is astounding! My heart would pop out of my chest if I was that close to their calling!

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the turkeys!

EG Wow said...

Wonderful shots. I spent an hour in a farmer's field this morning looking for the wild turkeys that are "always" there. They were hiding.

This evening, my husband told me to grab my camera because a wild turkey was in our backyard. Too bad I was too late, though, as it flew off. :)

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

It never ceases to amaze me how striking a bird can look. This is so grand looking. I love how the color and texture shows up in that top shot. Stunning, absolutely stunning!

Marci said...

Great photos, Willard.

I cannot get to my email, so I'm contacting you through your blog. We have a virus and cannot access anything on our computer. So I will be unable to keep in touch. Don't know how long we will be without one. Good luck with your procedure, if I don't talk to you before.

Take care,

Marci

Abraham said...

I must say those pictures of the turkeys are excellent, Willard. You have every right to be proud of them. I wish we had them here. I do think they might be in this general area but not where we live. Imagine the times when they were as common as sparrows. Seeing one like these makes me almost agree with Ben Franklin that this is out National Bird. Or could be.

Feral Female said...

Willard I just found your blog and am so thrilled to have done so!

As a native PA resident it`s great to see some of the beautiful wildlife in our state being presented so well.

JimB said...

awesome shots Willard

Ingrid said...

Willard, I agree with Ruth about the striking nature of that first photo. The crispness and color are awesome. So glad I found your blog . . .

Tom said...

Hello again Willard
I used to give these birds no thought at all and saw them as just 'food for the table' since blogging I have come to admire them and also their looks... they might not win any beauty contests but a very worthy bird to watch and admire.. As always great pictures to go with another great posting.

Tim Rucci said...

I never realized the turkeys had such awesome color. You've really captured them well and you got some really nice compositions. Great job!

Misty Dawn said...

I just LOVE that last image!

Emma Springfield said...

Fantastic pictures. I am playing a blog scavenger hunt, created by sharkbytes at myqualityday.blogspot.com and I needed wild turkeys. Thank you.