Living in a rural area has its challenges, but it comes with plenty of rewards. One of the things I've always enjoyed about my adopted home is that while it's not exactly living in the country, it is far enough off the beaten path that there's still plenty of country life to experience.
One of those things is the flock of wild turkeys that visits my property on a daily basis. They come through and peck at weeds and bugs for me (and occasionally till leaf piles that I put out for them), and they provide a little entertainment with their antics (waking up in the morning to the sound of a turkey running across your roof is funny... after the first time when you've realized what you're hearing).
This morning, that came in the form of a dominance battle between two, sometimes three of the newest jakes in the flock. And this time, I caught it on film:
As I said in the video description on YouTube, I put the fight to "Toreador" from the opera, Carmen, which seemed fitting because like the toreador the song describes, the fight was entertaining and all done for getting the attention of the hens. And all along, the old, experienced, dominant tom in the flock just puts on his full display and struts in the background (off-camera until the 3:50 minute mark).