Wild Turkey Mating
As days get longer, (March and April) this signals the beginning of the turkey mating season. I was so lucky to find a few groups of turkeys today (in Amherst and New Boston) in full courting mode. I got some really great shots!
This male Wild Turkey is displaying for the female.
During mating season, the male will erect his tail and spread it like a fan. His wattles are more brightly colored and will swell. He will puff out his feathers and droop or even drag his wings.
This male is strutting around making gobbling sounds.
All males operate through a rigid pecking order. The dominant male mates the most.
After a male finishes mating with one hen, he immediately looks for another.
Since males are not worrying about taking care of any newborns, they have plenty of time to preen and strut.