Tom Turkey Displaying | Cades Cove | Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tom Turkey Displaying

I photographed this Tom Turkey displaying his colorful feathers to this female also known as a hen in the meadows of Cades Cove valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I like the backlit sunlight causing a glowing effect on his feathers tips and all the lines in his rear feathers are seen. With the hen’s head turned slightly I was able to capture her eye seeming to be looking back. Male wild turkeys display for females by puffing out their feathers, spreading out their tails and dragging their wings. This behavior is most commonly referred to as strutting. They use gobbling, drumming/booming and spitting as signs of social dominance, and to attract females. Courtship begins during the months of March and April, which is when turkeys are still flocked together in winter areas. Your comments are always welcomed and your interest in my work is very much appreciated!


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