Back to the creek once again before dawn. Different day, same story. Birds flew off the roost and up onto the power line. Packed up and headed to the other side... again. This time, different story.
Looking out onto the power line the birds were out in the center of it about a few hundred yards away. The right-of-way is rolling hills so it was fairly easy to get to the other side walking up through one of the gullies. The birds, approximately 30 with 3 longbeards, appeared to be working their way towards me so I set up and waited.
Over the next hour the birds kept getting closer to my location with a pair of longbeards strutting together almost the entire time.
The third longbeard kept himself separate from the pair and came in pretty close, before all the other birds. Luckily, he proceeded to put on a show.
The strutting pair closed their distance but really good photo opportunities were limited by branches and differences in elevation.
The turkeys entered into the woods and out of site. I circled around to try and get in front of them again but there were not to be seen again this morning.
While waiting for the turkeys back in the woods a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers worked some dead trees in the area.
That was it for the day.
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