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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)

Tom Turkey struts his stuff

One of the best things about Colorado is the ability to find wildlife just about anywhere – including suburbia. I spotted this cool dude strutting his stuff for the ladies just a few miles from my house north of Denver. Only managed a couple of shots before he and the women took off for the woods.

A tom Turkey struts his stuff in Thornton, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A tom Turkey struts his stuff in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Cold turkeys

Sometimes photo opportunities present themselves when you least expect it. I wasn’t planning on taking pics today but as always had my camera with me – and I am glad I did.

On the way home I came across a rafter of at least two dozen turkeys hanging out in a suburban field north of Denver, Colorado. They were surprisingly tolerant of me and I would have stayed longer were it not for the 20 degree temperatures and the fact I ran up the hill after them and left my gloves in my truck. 😉

Have to say, while ugly, turkeys are kind of cute too.

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Wild Turkeys walk through a snow covered field in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wild Turkeys walk through a snow covered field in Thornton, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Wild turkeys make post-holiday appearance

With the holidays ending, it is safe for this guy to come out. 😉

Normally 10° weather would discourage me from venturing outside much but when I spotted a rafter of 30 or so turkeys along the side of the road on the way home today, I had to stop. The cars going by on a busy street didn’t bother them. However, I step out on foot and they took off running. Sheesh. I did manage to grab a few quick shots as they headed up over a hill and into some woods.

A wild turkey walks through recently fallen snow near Denver, Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A wild turkey walks through recently fallen snow near Denver, Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Thanksgiving is about family – even those relatives that are a little ‘off’

We all have that family member that seems to be a little bit different but we love them anyway and they provide plenty of entertainment during the holidays. Such was the case back in June with this family of wild turkeys. One little guy (or gal) always seemed to be running off doing its own thing rather than hanging out with mom like the rest. I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

A wild turkey hen and her jennys cross a road in northeastern Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A wild turkey hen and her jennys cross a road in northeastern Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Taking the family for a walk

While camping on the Colorado plains last week we got to enjoy multiple visits from a turkey family.  Mama and her eight little ones would walk through a couple of times a day.  She wasn’t too pretty but her kids were kind of cute.  😉  

Taking the family for a walk. Wild turkeys on the Colorado plains. © Tony’s Takes

Taking the family for a walk. Wild turkeys on the Colorado plains. © Tony’s Takes

Baby turkey in the thick of things

Who knew baby turkey’s were so cute? There was a hen with eight little ones that made visits a couple of times to where I was camping on Colorado’s northeastern plains. The little ones really were cute and much to my surprise, could even fly for a little ways. I didn’t know they could do that.

In the thick of things. (© Tony’s Takes)

In the thick of things. (© Tony’s Takes)