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Eastern Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo silvestris

Description:

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

Habitat:

Western NY hardwoods and crop fields.

Notes:

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!!!

1 species ID suggestions

Eastern Wild Turkey
Meleagris gallopavo silvestris Wild Turkey

3 Comments

MickGrant
MickGrant 6 years ago

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

BrandonBlount
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
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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