Spring Brings Change!

Strutting his stuff

Jake became Tom the first weekend of spring 2003. He walked outside and suddenly spread his feathers in the display that signals that a male turkey's mind is on mating.

Jake becomes Tom turkey
Turkeys meet

Turkey hen maintains dignity

A lady doesn't know how to react when a guy suddenly turns romantic. Arthur tries to continue nibbling new green morsels despite Tom's hovering presence.


Muscle Beach

Tom spends a lot of time changing his feather configuration for the special edge a guy needs.

Turkey fans his tail
    Photos by Aubrey Shepherd, 3/22/03
  Aubrey James Shepherd
Fayetteville, AR© 2003