March 28, 2012

Turkeys a'courtin'

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.




16 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

wow! you did get some phenomenal shots! great job, ruta!

SouthCoast Guy said...

great pics and really interesting

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eileeninmd said...

OH WOW, cool sighting and awesome photos. Those turkeys wouldn't last around here, way TOO many hunters.

Ruta said...

New Hampshire's spring gobbler season runs May 3-31

Scriptor Senex said...

I love all your turkey posts. With them being farm birds in this country it's great to see them in the wild. And the males in their breeding plumage are magnificent.

Bernadine said...

Beautiful photos. Interesting, too!

EG CameraGirl said...

WOW! You were in the right place at the right time!

Jenn Jilks said...

Amazing photos! Mine come up to the back door. They disappear in spring/summer, though.
Pond life!

Jenn Jilks said...

BTW
You Americans were our friends in helping us reintroduce turkeys to Ontario! We had 32 Xmas day in our backyard, 2011!
I wrote about it here:
http://mymuskoka.blogspot.ca/2011/01/wild-turkeys-in-ontario.html

Cheryl said...

I see them on occasion over here near the coast. Never quite like this. These are terrific shots.

Pat said...

These are fantastic shots! What splendid birds they are!

chubskulit said...

Wow, that's a lot!

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Tanya said...

wow, amazing shots!!

Pia said...

Thats an impressing post. And an impressing bird.

Joe said...

Awesome shots of the turkeys.