A complete 10 photo motor-drive swipe sequence of Eastern subspecies Wild Turkeys breeding in the Midwest. As with humans, the female controls all mating with her chosen suitor. 🙄 She wants to mate with the largest, strongest Gobbler in the woods to give her offspring the best chance at surviving. When the conditions are right in the Springtime for nesting, the hen looks for her boyfriend, whose territory and gobble she recognizes. When she has been attracted by his gobbles and his strutting display, she will move toward him, which is how God designed the turkey mating sequence to work. That is why it is so hard for turkey hunters, who are trying to make the Gobbler come to the hen, the opposite of what God programmed him to do, which is to wait for the hen to come to him. So our hen, in this situation, plays coy and feeds toward the Tom, who will make a close-in tending sound called a “Spit-drum” when he first goes to full-strut. After a while, when he’s fully seduced her with his pre-mating display, she will lay down on her belly and will slightly spread out her wings for balance. He will strut up beside and around her, bumping his breast on her sides, which you can see in photo 1. After a couple seconds or even minutes of this, he will step onto her back, which you can see in photo 2. He will stand on her back and will do a little tap dance on her back with his feet while strutting, you can see in photo 3. He will do this dance and lower his tail fan to let her know he’s ready to mate, as you can see in photo 4. He may only do this for a few seconds, or for as long as a half hour, as I’ve observed, but he is not allowed to mate with her until she lifts her tail feathers, as can be seen in photo 5. Once she raises her tail, he lowers his tail fan for their “mmm-hmm’s” to meet, and they copulate for a couple of seconds, which can be seen in pics 5-8. When their procreation has come to a climax, he steps off and she will hold her tail up for a second or two as seen in pic 9, and then will stand up, shake her whole body off and will run to her nest to lay an egg every day, as seen in photo 10. He starts gobbling and strutting, looking for his next hen!