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Archive for April 14, 2010

Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some photographs I’ve recently taken as well as some of my favorites from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

AMOROUS TOM TURKEYS STRUT THEIR STUFF

During the breeding season, it is particularly easy to distinguish the male (tom) turkey from the female (hen), for during this period the male’s forehead is white, his face bright blue, and his neck is scarlet, whereas the female’s smaller head in partially feathered and lacks these dramatic colors. For the past month or more the males have been attempting to impress females by gobbling as well as “strutting” -- fanning their tails, lowering their wings while dragging some of the primary feathers on the ground, raising their back feathers, throwing their heads back and gliding along the ground when a female appears. Yesterday I was fortunate enough to witness this behavior twice, in two different locations, but at a distance in the woods, where a clear photograph was next to impossible.