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Five Wild Turkeys

These wild turkeys were near the road on a hill so I turned around to take some nice close ups. They were apparently camera shy and ran up the hill. I do quite like this photo of them against the sky. While the bald eagle is the symbol of the US, the wild turkey was the choice of Benjamin Franklin.

 

The Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is native to North America and is the heaviest member of the diverse Galliformes. It is the same species as the domestic turkey, which was originally derived from a southern Mexican subspecies of Wild Turkey (not the related Ocellated Turkey). Although native to North America, the turkey probably got its name due to the domesticated variety being imported to Britain in ships coming from the Levant via Spain. The British at the time therefore, associated the Wild Turkey with the country Turkey and the name stuck. (Wikipedia)

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Taken on September 15, 2013