During a visit to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma, I had the privilege of capturing this magnificent Wild Tom Turkey on camera. I was amazed to see not just one, but two Toms trailing a group of hens, completely unfazed by my presence (Two Rio Grande Turkeys Displaying).

Rio Grande Tom Turkey
Rio Grande Tom Turkey

This photo opportunity was a truly unique moment and I am grateful for the chance to capture it. I was hand-holding my Fujifilm X-T3 camera, equipped with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens and a Fringer EF-FX Pro, while hiding behind a tree. I used the tree as a support to steady my camera and lens, ensuring that I was able to get the shot I wanted.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 1600
  • Shutter speed – 1/950 sec.
  • Focal Length – 263 mm

The Rio Grande Turkey is a popular bird species found in North America. They are well known for their distinctive calls and the males’ striking appearance during breeding season, when they display their impressive feathers and “turkey beard” to attract mates. These birds can often be found in a variety of habitats, from forests to grasslands. They are also known to be adaptable and resilient, able to survive and thrive in a range of environments.

While they can be hunted for sport or food, it’s important to remember that they play a vital role in their ecosystem, serving as both predators and prey and helping to maintain a balance in their habitat. If you’re lucky enough to spot a Rio Grande Turkey in the wild, it’s always a special treat!

I was also able to photograph a wild hen Turkey on this trip: Turkey Hen At Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge