I’ve said it before but I don’t mind repeating it spring isn’t official for me until I hear a turkey gobble breaking the morning silence. I enjoy photographing turkeys because they are a challenge due to their skittish nature, fast jerky movements, and also because of the myriad of colors their heads and plumage have. Most see turkeys as plain black but up close and in the right light there is a lot of colors in their feathers. Did you know that an average adult turkey has 5 to 6 thousand feathers? The gobbler, pictured above, knows something isn’t right and is “periscoping” looking for danger as I took it’s portrait.
See the difference in this image with the turkey’s waddle? When displaying or around females the waddle droops over the beak, as in the image above, and the head of the turkey changes color tones too.