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Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby Mountain Man » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:36 am

Yesterday morning I purposely drove by an area that I see a lot of turkeys just to see what might be going on. As luck would have it, they were very close to the road. There was one dominant tom with several hens and a few jakes by the road and a small group of four toms hanging back watching the stud with his harem. The four toms were strutting, spinning, and pacing back and forth and wishing they could be the guy by the road with the girls. As I approached in my car, the hens and jakes crossed the road and scurried out of sight but the big boy stayed in the cut corn field. He gobbled and paced back and forth a bit. As he did that, one of the toms in the background quickly made a wide circle through the cut corn and headed straight for the dominant tom.

The two heavyweights circled and sized up each other. This went on for several seconds. Then contact was made. They began jumping, flapping their wings, and kicking with their spurs. Then the dominant tom used his beak to grab the head of the lesser tom. Sometimes he would grab the back of the head and other times it was the front of the head. At one point he held the face of the weaker tom for about 2 minutes and would not let go. With their heads locked together they twisted and turned their necks and spun around in the cut corn. Eventually the dominant tom was successful in defending his position and chased the loser away.

The photos turned out relatively good. Some are slightly out of focus due to movement of the birds and I had to zoom in quite a bit on most of the photos and I was doing it with just a hand held camera.

Here are some photos leading up to the fight, the fight itself, and the loser being chased away.

The dominant tom is in the foreground gobbling. The challenger is strutting in the background.

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A close up of the dominant tom before the fight as the challenger is circling around out of the photo.

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Circling and sizing up their opponent just like boxers do.

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Jumping, thrashing and kicking at the start of the fight.

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In the next few photos note all of the biting by the dominant tom and how he holds onto the back of the head or the face of the lesser tom.

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The fight lasted about 5 minutes and then the winner chased the loser away. This picture was really cool as it captured the iridescence of the winner’s feathers.

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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby Brad » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:16 am

Looks like its time to take the bully to the principles office ;)
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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby Pullintoobs » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:38 am

Thanks for the pics....Very cool. Some of the best turkey pics I have seen!
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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby PLB » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:59 am

That is awesome!!!!

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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby Bigdaddy-yoyo » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:23 am

Great pictures.....I have chicken skin from looking at the pics :D

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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby solocam88 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:26 am

Very Nice pictures
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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby BigHunt » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:45 am

wow......
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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby Stanley » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:56 am

Super stuff. Really appreciate you sharing.
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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby U.P. MAN » Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:07 am

Very cool

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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby MattyG » Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:19 am

cool pic's i like the one whare the winner sort of glows and shines. never seen that yet.
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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:48 am

Another BEAST exclusive, thanks for sharing Mountain Man.

What was it like watching that unfold? Have you seen anything like that before?
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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby LiL Huntress » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:24 am

8-) cool
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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby cornfedkiller » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:08 am

Awesome series of pics! 8-)
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Re: Saturday Morning Fight!

Unread postby Mountain Man » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:56 am

Uncle Lou wrote:Another BEAST exclusive, thanks for sharing Mountain Man.

What was it like watching that unfold? Have you seen anything like that before?


It was very cool to watch. I haven't seen a fight that intense before in person. I was really wishing I had a video camera with me.

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