struttin’ his stuff

It’s that time of year when the turkeys parade through the backyard — the Toms eager to show off their fine feathery plumes and the hens picking at scraps from the bird feeder and completely ignoring those beautiful displays of feather finery.

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Seriously, does it get any better than this?  How patriotic, with his red, white, and blue head.  Ben Franklin would be proud!

Tom Turkey display-

He even gobbled a few times for me.  Every tail feather perfect, and with a long beard to boot.  This is some studly male here.

Tom Turkey display-

But look how disinterested the hen is…

Tom Turkey display-

A younger male watching from the wings — observing how this whole display thing is done. He hasn’t developed the neck wattles yet, and he has only a short stubby little snood (that thing that hangs down over the beak).

Tom Turkey display-

Mr. Tom Studly’s head in comparison to that of the underdeveloped youngster.

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