Turkeys in the trees

As we were greeting the day this morning and looked out the window, what—to our won- dering eyes—should appear, but a half-dozen members of our local band of wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo), wandering about, scratching, and pecking in the grass exposed by the slowly-disappearing snow.  They were on full alert, though, and as soon as they saw us through the window, they spread their amazingly-wide wings and retreated up into the branches of our giant old maple.  When I took Limo out for his morning constitutional walk a few minutes later, they were still there, so I went back in for my camera.

Turkey in Maple 6205

Turkey in Maple 6233

I’ll also take this opportunity to bring you a couple of rather more intimate shots that I made on Christmas Day, when they were foraging not far from our front door.   Aren’t they lovely?

Christmas Turkey 5933


Christmas Turkey 5936



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15 Responses to Turkeys in the trees

  1. Wow, the detail in that last shot is absolutely incredible :). Great job Gary!!

    • krikitarts says:

      What can I say? Their visages are indeed incredible, and I’m so happy for the opportunity to be able study them in such detail. Thanks again, Cindy (and Frances)!

  2. victoriaaphotography says:

    Gotta admire their hairdresser!
    Great shots.

  3. krikitarts says:

    Yeah, you gotta wonder how long it takes to get that do just so…

  4. Jo Ann says:

    Good to see the turkeys up close. I’ve seen them many times before in the Blue Ridge of Virginia, but never close enough to see all that detail.

  5. Helen Cherry says:

    Love these Gary .. especially the 3rd and 4th shots..

  6. Jeff Sinon says:

    A face only a mother could love :-) Great shots Gary I’m surprised they let you get so close.

  7. settleandchase says:

    So interesting looking these birds aren’t they – beauty in a strange way – gorgeous colours and really interesting shapes!

  8. I like the clarity of your images do you use Canon system by any chance ;) … by the way this is the first time I’m seeing wild turkey

    • krikitarts says:

      Hello, Nikolay, and thank you for your interest. I have just had a first look at your website and am very grateful for you compliments on the clarity of my images–clarity is obviousaly a top priority in your work as well. Most of my work is the result of my Nikon system, though I also use compact Pentax (Optio) waterproof cameras as well. I’d be happy to supply metadata for any particular image that may interest you in particular, if you wish. I apologize for having taken so long to respond to your comments, but I’ve just returned from a month in New Zealand and am struggling to catch up! –Gary

  9. Great collection of photos, I love the last shot, that detail in the Turkey is amazing! All the Turkey’s little face hairs have caught the light :)

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