Pam and I were driving up the mountain the other day when we came across a mother turkey and her flock of poults (baby turkeys). I pulled over and, for once, I had my camera with me. It even had the 300mm telephoto lens on. Mama saw me coming and herded her flock into the tall grass. I managed to get this pic just as the last of the pouts hit the grass.
I heard the poults peeping, but when I got close, mama somehow told them to shut up, which they did. With her babies safely hidden, mama made sure I saw her.
She then ran out into the road, distracting me from the poults.
When I started to retreat back to the car, mama slowly made her way back to her flock.
I thought this was a very brave thing for mama turkey to do, and showed me that a mother's protective instinct is demonstrated by all animals.