Turkey Snow Angels

Friday, March 16, 2018,

I was hiking through the Elizabeth A. Morton Refuge the day after a snow storm recently. In many places, my own boot prints were the first tracks in the snow, but not everywhere. I may have been the first human to have visited the refuge since the storm but there were plenty of critters who had left their mark before I got there. From squirrels to deer prints and the tracks of  turkeys and countless smaller birds, there were many signs of non-human visitations. I love seeing all those fresh tracks in the snow but these snow angels à la Wild Turkeys were perhaps the coolest animal tracks I saw all day. In the above photo, you can see the tracks of a deer that walked over the “angel”. The photo below shows a snow angel that was directly to the left of the photo above. I was unable to discern whether one turkey made both snow angels or if there were two turkeys working in tandem. Either way, it sure was a great find. JK.




More Turkey Shots

Friday, March 9, 2012,

A few days back a good friend of mine told me that I needed to post some “pretty” turkey shots. He felt that “people with little outdoor experience, especially kids, are going to consider wild turkeys as hideous, even frightening.” I, myself, thought that the turkey in the previous post was pretty good looking. In fact, I thought those shots were the best of the turkey shots I took that day, but he insisted that I should consider myself an educator through my photography. So, in an effort to not put anyone off their next turkey dinner, here are two more turkey shots I took at Morton Refuge.

These shots are of two different birds in the same extended bachelor flock. Up close, each turkey is different from the others. While the bachelors in the group appear very similar to each other from a distance, there are discernable differences. Body size is one. Some are bigger than others. Beard size is another. The beard is that tuft of feathers sticking out near the center of their chests. The real differences, however, are above (and including) the neck. So many magnificent variations on ugly. So ugly, in fact, that like Snapping Turtles, they are beautiful. Just one man’s opinion. JK


A Gobbler Up Close

Saturday, March 3, 2012,

I was out east a few days back, ostensibly to help a friend deliver an armoire to Bridgehampton. He didn’t really need my help but it gave us an excuse to check possible kayak launch sites and stop in at Morton Refuge. I was hoping to see some turkeys. I had seen four during my last visit at the start of the year but I failed to get any decent pics. I had some better luck this time. During our hike at Morton we came across the same bachelor group twice. All males, hence the name bachelor group, they were foraging in an open field when we first encountered them. A bit later on we saw them again, this time in a wooded area. These shots, both of the same bird, were taken there. These pics may also explain why turkeys have segregated flocks.  Think about it. If you were a turkey hen, would you want to look at that all year round? It’s amazing that the males are willing to hang out with each other. Maybe it’s a case of misery loving company. Or, perhaps, here is an example of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. I can’t speak for others but, in my mind’s eye, there few things more beautiful than a turkey on the Thanksgiving table. Yes, I realize I’ve drifted off topic but when I think turkey, I think Thanksgiving. Yum. JK