In yesterday's post I wrote that the turkey hen that's been coming around had an admirer, but I wasn't able to get any photos of the happy couple...
This morning, maybe around 8am, Ms. Turkey came by for breakfast... with Mr. Tom following close behind.
Mr. Tom is in full "suitor" form.... wings dropped, tail spread high... puffed up and strutting like a turkey in love.
Wild Turkey ..... Meleagris gallopavo
In the USA there are a couple of sub-species of turkeys and here in Texas, we have the Rio Grande or merriami. You've all seen lots of turkey photos... especially around Thanksgiving... but it is in the spring that turkey looks his best. His feathers are shiny and intact... his wattles (skin flaps under his chin) are bright red... his naked blueish head stands out. He has a breast tuft.... a tassel of long feathers hanging from his chest. All decked out to impress the ladies!
This male might be fairly young as he doesn't seem to have a harem... so far we've seen him pursue only the one hen.
He strutted.... and postured.... and strutted some more....
The early morning sun picked up golden highlights in his feathers...... glossy and iridescent.
This morning the pair hung out under the deer feeder and just beyond our motorhome for about 20 minutes. They've been around now for several days and seem to be developing a pattern to their feedings. We're hoping the female will set a nest nearby.
They got their fill and the hen wandered off... back into the brush. The tom strutted right along behind her...
That's All For Today!