We saw quite a few Wild Turkeys last weekend in the area between Harpers Ferry and Lansing, Iowa, near the Mississippi Valley. This obviously dominant gobbler followed his harem in the grass along a creek. We used the car as a blind on a small gravel road, with the creek between us and the turkeys. It was the first time that I was able to make an image of a male in full display. According to the DNR website, restorations have returned wild turkeys to about 95% of suitable habitat in Iowa. All the major river corridors support turkey populations again after this bird was virtually extirpated from Iowa by 1900. It is nice to read a success story ones in a while, in a world where the exploitation of natural resources is still the norm.

All images: Nikon D750, Sigma 150-600mm / f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens