Eastern Wild Turkeys

While recently exploring the remote “Neck District” areas of Dorchester County, one bird sighting that we seen often were Eastern Wild Turkeys.  A couple dozen would be foraging along tree lines.  Quite skittish, they would run into the woods at the sight and sound of a vehicle.  The males would ensure the females were safe before they too would follow.

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Eastern Wild Turkey, male


We luckily happened upon a dozen or so Wild Turkeys alongside the road.  I saw several poults as they and their Mommas were scattering into the tall grass.  I got lucky with one capture of a poult who was hiding and watching.  Momma was just behind in the grass.

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Wild Turkey, Poult


Again as before, the females quickly disappeared into the tall grasses and woods while the males hung back.  This was the last male to retreat.

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Eastern Wild Turkey, male


He just strolled along, in no hurry, which was great for me.

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Eastern Wild Turkey, male



I quicky zoomed in for this final close-up shot as he headed into the shade and woods.

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Eastern Wild Turkey, male


From southern Canada to southern Mexico, there are actually six species of Wild Turkey:

– Eastern Wild Turkey (the species our pilgrims first encountered)
– Rio Grande Wild Turkey
– Merriam’s Wild Turkey
– Osceola or Florida Wild Turkey
– Gould’s Wild Turkey
– South Mexican Wild Turkey

Cool Fact:  Not only do Wild Turkeys fly, but they can at high speeds.  There have been recorded flights of up to 55 miles per hour.  Can you see a Wild Turkey flying alongside your vehicle, keeping up with you at that speed??  Mercy!!


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