Yesterday morning, stepping out the front door, I noticed a herd of turkey’s. The herd was mostly female and there was a Tom looking for a mate! He was all fluffed up, tail feathers spread, and he was gobbling at the females! It was quite a sight to see, so for today, I am sharing the photos I took of this buff male!
It was amazing to watch the male expand his plumage and chuff at the females. Here is the Tom in all his glory!
What was funny was that he kept circling the females but never got really close. Here is a side view of this handsome male.
The females make a small peeping sound. It is the male that makes the gobble, gobble sound. Here is a shot of the male while he is calling to his potential mated!
The females are listening! They choose which male they will mate with.
Check out his amazing backside!
Let’s take a closer look at the male’s face. The fleshy thing hanging above his beak is called a snood. The red fleshy part at its neck is called the wattle. The snood fills with blood and elongates when the male is trying to attract a female. If you go back to the photo where the male is calling to the female, you will see how long the snood gets. The larger to snood the more the females are attracted to the male…
Part of the mating ceremony is the fluffing out of the feathers. They fluff out their wings dragging the tips along the ground.
I spy another male in the group. This one is a younger male as the face does not show the fully developed snood. He hangs back and is watching the other male!
Turkey’s are really fun to watch! I hope that you enjoyed my photos today! Thank you for dropping in, and be well! ^..^