Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Turkey Shoot - Photography

Turkeys - Hen and Gobbler:

I see these wild turkeys all the time, but just never have been able to photograph them at close range before. Oh, but there comes a time when, for some reason, they will allow a photoshoot. I took tons of pics. The male (gobbler) is interesting to watch. He can be fairly muted, and then he'll puff up/out his feathers. His head is a lot lighter than the rest of his body, so some of my pictures lost detail on the head. There were several hens with him (polygamous).

Turkey - Meleagris gallopavo (Linnaeus)

Turkey Facts
Caruncle-fleshy bumps on the head and neck
Snood-long flap of flesh that hangs over the beak
Wattle-red skin that hangs from the neck
Upon sight, the beard appears to be hair, but is actually a mass of thin feathers.
Male turkeys also have sharp, spike-like projections on their legs called spurs.

Most interesting pic:
Looks like they are up to something, but I don't know what.

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