The rafter of turkeys (22 of them) marched down the mountain for a visit early this morning.
I was surprised at how calm they were. They did not display their usual wary attitude. After close observation, it became clear to me that the reason for this was the absence of the gobblers. So-- they have now separated for the winter. This time of year, the tom's become rather solitary. They are not attracted to the hens, and so go off to themselves or to keep the company of other gobblers. Come springtime - they will assemble their harems.
I noticed how the hens are at ease, much like my chickens are without a rooster to keep them in line. They allow me to photograph them.
The early morning sunlight brings out the color blue in their almost bald heads. Their eyes are very large. Turkeys have very keen eyesight.
And a face only a mother could love.