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Eastern Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo silvestris


Eastern wild Turkeys in strut (displaying and posturing to win the affection of the hen) during the spring mating season.


Western NY hardwoods and crop fields.


I often walk in the woods and rarely am I with out my camera and binoculars. I happened to spot a flock of wild Turkeys from roughly 1000 yards away. I had to sneak through the woods and up through a point on the edge of the hard woods. As I was snapping the photos, the dominant Tom, heard my shutter clicking, and literally strutted up to within fifteen feet of me. I can only guess that the sound of my shutter sounded much like the drumming of the feathers of another displaying Tom. I have roughly 20 pictures in this series, some are a bit blurred due to the intensity of the moment, using a telephoto lens, and not having my tripod out and ready. LOL I hope you enjoy!!!

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Eastern Wild Turkey
Meleagris gallopavo silvestris Wild Turkey


MickGrant 6 years ago

Good Job - We all look forward to your photos and your excellent descriptions.

BrandonBlount 6 years ago

Thank you MickGrant!! I will be uploading quite a bit now that I have found this site. I have photos of everything from mallards to Elk and Mule Deer, various spiders, dragonfly, fox, raccoon, skunk and many other species of wildlife found here in the USA. :-D

MickGrant 6 years ago

Nice shots - welcome!

New York, USA

Lat: 43.36, Long: -78.43

Spotted on Apr 7, 2009
Submitted on Aug 7, 2011

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