I saw a wild turkey at the intersection of Brookside and Crescent avenues in Allendale last week, but I didn't have a camera.
Yesterday, as luck would have it, I did.
The turkey is a bit shy, which is good, so I had a bit of a run-around trying to photograph it and making sure it stayed away from the road.
I understand it hangs out around there a lot, and that it has been known to use the crosswalk, but it is not in a good place.
It did remind me of the ocellated turkeys I saw in Central America in Belize and at Tikal in Guatemala.
They were in very good places in a very bad region for turkeys.
The turkeys in Central America are ocellated turkeys, and they can be seen only in protected areas because they have been so over-hunted.
Here's a picture I took of one at La Milpa in Belize earlier this year. He liked to follow me everywhere I went in the vicinity of the dining hall.
The bottom picture is a close-up of his head.
I am told that female turkeys find it attractive. He probably had a similar opinion of me.