Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Male wild turkey ready to do what male wild turkeys were born to do.

In bright sunlight, an adult turkey's feathers show beautiful iridescence.

I wonder if any of the Pilgrims or First Peoples at the original Thanksgiving took the time to consider what a cool bird the turkey is. Or did they simply add it to their life list before shooting it with the blunderbuss and dropping it in the big black cauldron? Most ponderable, that.

If you're into learning more about the wild turkey, check out the Peterson Field Guide's video podcast about the species here. Click on the yellow Species Profile tab, then the wild turkey icon.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with lots of reasons to be both happy and thankful. Beware the tryptophan.

—Bill of the Birds

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At 10:57 AM, Anonymous egretsnest said...

From what I've read about both the Pilgrims and the Powhatans, I'd imagine that the Powhatans did appreciate the uniqueness of the turkey and the Pilgrims were simply grateful for anything to eat. :) Your turkey pictures are amazing!

At 2:22 PM, Anonymous Frank Baron said...

Terrific pics. I've recently taken an interest in birds but am a fisherman first and foremost. The homely turkey puts me in mind of the catfish. They both taste a heck of a lot better than their looks would indicate.

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Vickie said...

What a colorful work of art! You get to appreciate a turkey differently in these beautiful close ups.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous janet said...

Hmm, don't know what the Pilgrims or the Wampanoags thought, but Ben Franklin thought the wild turkey should be the national bird.

Great turkey pix. And kudos to egretsnest for subtly working in Virginia's claim to the First Thanksgiving.

At 10:05 PM, Anonymous Julie Zickefoose said...

Hey! I grew up in Virginia, being taught that We Virginians celebrated the First Thanksgiving. Aside from that, we were also taught a lot of twaddle in our Virginia History book...Thanks for reminding me of Mrs. Tilletson's sixth grade history lessons, Egretsnest and Janet.

Smoked out the Ben Franklin reference, B. Way to go.

I have to quote Liam here: "I'm thankful for all the wild churkeys who let us shoot them and eat them."

At 10:44 AM, Anonymous ChrisY said...

Amazing turkey photos...Love the angle and close ups.


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