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Wild Turkey takes to the trees

Well, this was something that looked a bit odd. I knew turkeys would sometimes hang out in trees but this was the first time I had witnessed it personally. After being scared off by a suburban predator, the coyote I posted pics of a couple of days ago, the flock took flight and some of the turkeys sought shelter up high. As out of place as it might seem, they seemed quite comfortable up there and were undoubtedly safe from Wile E.

Turkey toms strut for the ladies

With dismal sky conditions last Saturday I didn’t expect it was worth devoting much time to a photo trip on this day so I decided to keep it local and hit up a few places near home. I came across a rafter of 40 or so Turkeys working their way through a field near the South Platte River in Colorado. The toms were all about impressing the ladies, strutting and posturing to gain attention.

Turkey toms are dressed to impress in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Turkey toms are dressed to impress in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Turkey toms are dressed to impress in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Turkey toms are dressed to impress in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Turkey toms are dressed to impress in Adams County, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Tom the Turkey says, “Happy Thanksgiving!”

Tony says the same as well. 😉 Their faces won’t win any beauty contests but these guys sure can be pretty when they puff up and strut their stuff as this image taken back in May shows.

A Turkey tom struts its stuff in Rocky Mountain National Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey tom struts its stuff in Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Tom Turkey struts his stuff in the high country

A couple of images for what we could call Turkey Tuesday! I happened across this gorgeous bird when starting the drive up Trail Ridge Road this past weekend. He seemed quite obsessed with finding the ladies, none of which were nearby that I spotted.

Nevertheless, he would alternate between gobbling very loudly then puffing out and putting his full plumage on display. Best of all, he didn’t mind me being there and put on quite a show for 20+ minutes until I had my fill of pictures and moved on.

I never noticed until then that you can actually hear the feathers make a whooshing sound when they spread out. Kind of cool. Certainly you do have to look past the face a bit to appreciate the beauty of these birds. 😉

Taken in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

A Turkey tom struts in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey tom struts in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey tom struts in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey tom struts in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Some very ‘stiff’ turkeys

I spotted these turkeys in a rural area not far from home yesterday and got pretty excited at how colorful they were. I quickly flipped a u-turn and grabbed a few shots. As it turns out, getting the pictures was quite easy as they stood very still. 😉

These turkey decoys had me fooled for a time. (© Tony’s Takes)

These turkey decoys had me fooled for a time. (© Tony’s Takes)

Tom struts his stuff for Turkey Thursday

This Turkey tom showed off for the ladies as a rafter moved through my neighborhood a couple of weeks ago.  It was a bit odd – and fun – to have them come strolling through suburbia.  Naturally I whipped out the camera and managed a bunch of pictures of them.

With spring pretty much here it is mating season so the toms are doing their best to get the attention of the hens.  This group has been spotted across a couple of miles of our suburb in recent weeks as, I presume, they look for new foraging grounds.   Taken in Thornton, Colorado.

A Turkey tom struts his stuff in a suburban Denver area neighborhood. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey tom struts his stuff in a suburban Denver area neighborhood. (© Tony’s Takes)

Turkey tom casts its evil eyes at the photographer

Certainly wild Turkeys will never win a beauty contest but can they look evil and mean? Apparently so as this picture of one I captured on Sunday shows. 😉

My run-in with this guy and 12 of his rafter-mates was a highly unusual one as they actually were making their way through my very suburban neighborhood. Seeing Turkeys in more rural areas isn’t unusual but having them come through a spot like this was highly unusual. I am guessing they came from a nearby open space about a mile or so away.

Anyway, the encounter allowed me to get some great captures of these birds although many do show signs of suburbia so are not necessarily great wildlife shots.

The unusual appearance of the eyes is because I happened to capture the bird as its nictitating membrane was closed. The membrane is a third eyelid that some birds, reptiles and sharks have. The translucent eyelid provides protection and serves to wipe the eye clean. Taken in Thornton, Colorado.

A Turkey tom looks rather scary as its second eyelid closes. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Turkey tom looks rather scary as its second eyelid closes. (© Tony’s Takes)

Back off, brother!

I have no idea what this behavior means but it appeared this Turkey tom didn’t like his friend getting so close.

I came across a good-sized rafter of 40 or so of these while taking a bit of a detour on my way home today. Unfortunately they were quite a ways out in the field and the images had to be cropped quite a bit. Taken in Adams County, Colorado.

Two Turkey toms on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Two Turkey toms on the plains of Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

If Benjamin Franklin had his way…

If Benjamin Franklin had his way, the Bald Eagle would not hold such a lofty position in the United States of America.  I tend to think there is no comparison between it and the bird he preferred.

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bald Eagle performs a flyby in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wild Turkeys in Colorado in the snow, the bird Benjamin Franklin preferred over the Bald Eagle. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wild Turkeys in Colorado in the snow, the bird Benjamin Franklin preferred over the Bald Eagle. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wait! What did I say?

I really don’t know why this tom Turkey took off running like this. All I did was tell it Happy Thanksgiving and it was like I put the fear of God into it. 😉

In actuality, at the time I took this image back in April, it was hurrying to catch up to the hens that had moved away from it.  I do wish you all a very blessed Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy your time with family and friends this holiday.

A tom Turkey runs away in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A tom Turkey runs away in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)