Monday, October 15, 2012

Wild Turkeys

We were enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon on our balcony, when Smokey Cat saw something from his perch on the roof. His eyes like saucers, he slunk inside and hid under the bed. What caused such consternation? When these four Wild Turkeys hove into view from behind a tree, we understood! They are huge birds - bigger than Smokey, for sure; they probably stand a good two and a half feet tall. We have lived here for five years and have never seen them before. They are magnificent birds.

I think we have here one male and three females. The male is bigger than the other three and darker in colour. They hung around the garden for ages; wandering into the front yard for a while before coming back around.

We could walk up quite close to them and they did not seem bothered, although we kept enough distance to not be a threat - I wouldn't want to get on the wrong end of those beaks and claws!

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