Florida: Pretty Turkeys!

Turkey Pair

Turkey Pair

Turkey's Iridescent  Feathers

Turkey’s Iridescent Feathers

Male Turkey Walking

Male Turkey Walking

Wild turkeys are displaying now in Florida.  These pictures were taken in our backyard this past week.  Male turkeys puff up and fan their feathers to impress the females.  They also stamp their feet and turn around in circles.  Usually the females pretend to be unimpressed and pointedly ignore them.  Turkey feathers are beautiful and shimmer with colors in the sun (bronze, gold, purple, and green).  A turkey’s gobble can be heard over a mile away, and is unique to each one.  They are intelligent  social animals that form lasting bonds.  Baby turkeys flock with their mother all year.  I am always surprised by how fast they can run and fly.  What a treat to see them every day! 

 

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

8 Responses to Florida: Pretty Turkeys!

  1. very nice, I love seeing the turkeys around! Cool photographs!

  2. Our Osceola Turkeys are the most beautiful in America when they are displaying. A wonderful nature photographer, Christina Evans, who is another member of the friends of the Kissimmee Prairie took my favorite Osceola photo. If you get a chance, look her up and see her work. Of course you may already be familiar with here…love her photos.

  3. Lucky you for having this show in your back yard Pam. I’ve hiked and cycled all over FL, and I always love stumbling upon a flock of turkeys. But most of my experience has been with females and their young ones. I’m sure the mating show is wonderful to see. ~James

  4. mrsbearfoot says:

    Lucky you to have them strutting their stuff in your yard! 🙂

    Lindy

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