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Western Capercaillie

Western Capercaillie
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-14 5:43
Viewed: 2183
Points: 10
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Male and female Western Capercaillie - the cocks and the hens - can be discriminated easily by their size and colouration. The cock is much bigger than the female. The largest one ever recorded in captivity had a weight of 7.2 kg. (15.9 lbs). He can range from 74 to 90 cm (29 to 35 in) in length with wingspan of 87 to 125 cm (34–49 in) and an average weight of over 4 kg (8.8 lb).[3] The body feathers are coloured dark grey to dark brown, breast feathers are dark green metallic shining. The belly and undertail coverts vary from black to white depending on race (see below).
The hen is much smaller, weighing about half as much as the cock. Her body from beak to tail is approximately 54–64 cm (21–25 in) long, the wingspan is 70 cm (28 in) and she weighs 1.5-2.5 kg (3.3-5.5 lbs). Feathers on her upper parts are brown with black and silver barring, on the underside they are more light and buffish-yellow.
Both sexes have a white spot on the wing bow. They have feathered legs, especially in the cold season for protection against cold. Their toe rows of small, elongated horn tacks provide a snowshoe effect that led to the German family name "Rauhfußhühner", literally translated as "rough feet chickens".
These so called "courting tacks" make a clear track in the snow in winter. Both sexes can be distinguished very easily by the size of their footprints.
There is a bright red spot of naked skin above each eye. In German hunters' language, these are the so-called "roses".
The small chicks resemble the hen in their cryptic colouration, which is a passive protection against predators. Additionally, they wear black crown feathers. At an age of about 3 months, in late summer, they moult gradually towards the adult plumage of cocks and hens. The eggs are about the same size and form as chicken eggs, but are more speckled with brown spots.

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Felicitari pentru aceasta fotografie excelenta despre cocosul de munte! Specie frecventa si la noi, dar este exceptional de greu de fotografiat....
Numai bine,

hello Razvan
super to find this bird
great details and nice picture in the snow
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ishi.
Splendidi colori di questa orchidea,con tutte le sue sfumature,ottima nitidezza,eccellente la composizione bravo.
Ciao Marco.

Ciao Razvan
bellissimo gallo cedrone, ottima ambientazione !
Una cattura ambita , complimenti e grazie per la condivisione.
Ciao Vanni

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-14 17:40]

Hello Razvan,
This is definitely a new bird for me. It looks like a cross between a grouse and a turkey. I like the way your captured it with it's tail fanned and standing so proudly. Beautiful colors in it's plumage and wonderful detail. Well done!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-15 4:29]

Hello Razvan,
This is one of my dreams, to see once these shy and special creatures. I have heard them quite close to me, but I couldn't see them :-(
Not an easy shot anyway. A little bit on distance which didn't allow you to have the best sharpness, but a superb document.
Thanks and kind regards

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