North Platte, NE
Sir Longbeard as I called this tom turkey, well aware of my presence, yet he hears the soft purring and clucking sounds of a nearby hen. Purring is a sign of hen contentment that drives a tom WILD!!!
Sir Longbeard is seen here wanting to fan his feathers to impress the hen. The longbeard on a male turkey is a sign of a strong surviving bird, the long red snood lays to one side of his beak. Other things that impress a hen is the wattle or dewlap as some like to call it, the fleshy tissue below the head, and the caruncle, the red knobby fleshy stuff on the neck and above the longbeard.
Photograph taken near the North Platte River just north of North Platte, Nebraska. This photograph has been post-processed in an artsy nature.
This same photograph has been cropped to fit the size of the greeting cards and is listed in my gallery named 'Greeting Cards'.
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March 22nd, 2013
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