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Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Grouse photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-04 15:56
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Spruce Grouse was captured resting in an evergreen tree at Waterton Lakes National Park.

Spruce Grouse
Falcipennis canadensis
Also known as - Franklin's Grouse.
General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Spruce Grouse range across the boreal forest region from Alaska to the Atlantic. It was introduced into Newfoundland where it is now established near Gander Lake. The western population was originally regarded as a separate species, known as Franklin's Grouse. In Alberta, its range is confined to the coniferous forested area, along the mountains and the northern half of the province, being totally absent in the grassland and most of the parkland region.

It is a permanent year-round resident of the coniferous forests, disappearing as humans intrude into their environment. This may be due to their total lack of fear of man and his hangers-on, cats and dogs, so they are easily killed off. To see them, one must venture into the wilds of the foothills such as in Kananaskis country.

They feed on the needles and buds of coniferous trees, especially in the winter, but also include insects in summer, augmented by berries when available.

Males are polygamous. The female selects a well-concealed site on the ground, under the low branches of a conifer or in brush to lay her 7-8 eggs which she incubates for about 24 days. The precocial young soon grow their flight feathers and are able to fly at 10-12 days of age.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-04 15:58]

Hola Rick,
precioso retrato.
buen camuflafe,
espléndido pov. y detalles...

Hi Rick
Excellente photo de cette belle gélinotte .
J'aime beaucoup la composition et l'éclairage. Les couleurs sont superbes. La netteté et les détails sont aussi excellents.
Félicitations et au revoir...JP

Hi Rick,
I like your spruce grouse and love how you photographed it so that it shows it's camouflage ability to blend right into the natural surroundings. Well done. :)

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-04 16:55]

Hi Rick,

Your Spruce Grouse has a grouchy expression on his face. Wonderful shot of him in a good pose. Wonderful colors and details of his face and plummage markings. Looks great in the natural setting.


First of all Rick, I love your intro, you have the right attitude. As for the grouse, I must say it is in her own element among all the trees and branches, however you managed to capture her without hardly any disruptions, the colors are real and the shot is sharply focussed. TFS


Hi Rick,
Fine shot of this Grouse.
The feather patterns are really beautiful and you captured them well.
The natural setting/composition is super.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-04 19:31]

Hello Rick

Just marking the post


hello Rick

what a nice photo and pose of this Spruce Grouse
on his natural habitat, i like the image's framing
and the background, the sharpness and details are excellent

Merci Beaucoup


Nice capture. Good and close with nice focus.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-04 22:05]

Hi Rick

A great POV showing the birds camoflage and yet making it stand-out from the BG. Good eye contact too.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-10-04 23:25]

Hi Rick, excellent pattern wth features and excellent camouflage too. Well done, Didier.

Nice shot of this criptic bird.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-05 1:15]

Hi Rick,
really like the setting in this shot, lovely natural surroundings and excellent detail in the feathers and leaves. Suprised you saw him!
tfs and have a good weekend,

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-05 4:47]

Hi Rick,
This grouse mastered the art of camouflage!! Very nice picture with great natural colors.
Very well done

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-05 7:30]

Hi Rick
Excellent image of that grouse.Nice composition and sharp image in there natural habitat.BG and colors are excellent.
TFS Michel
pts. tomorrow

Hello Rick
Very intersting shot of this Spruce Grouse,
Great focusing,BG and sharpness,
I think it's better if you use copyright
logo for your photos :o)


Hi Rick
lovely picture with great sharpness, good compo, lovely catchlight and wonderfull natural habitat.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-05 12:38]

Resting, but still very much alert, it seems!
Great capture, Rick!
Superb details, excellent composition with the evergreen needles seeming to form a nest -- very fine posting



P.S.I am almost recovered from this bout of flu/cold -- it's a nasty one!
Fortunately we now have a long weekend ahead of us!

Magnifique, it is look like wich one I posted few weeks ago, I thought that it was a Lagopède des saules, Willow ptarmigan, Your post is excellent, détails are super.

hi rick!
nice picture on a very fine
bird,like the great nature
feeling in the picture!
good work!

Hi Rick,
A very beautiful capture of this wonderful bird. It is interesting to read that this species of grouse has its habitat in a forrest environment. The grouse I am familiar with live in heathland and grassy areas. This one does make it a bit easier to capture. The details you've captured are wonderful and so it the spot on exposure.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-11-09 11:23]

Hi Rick,
I see I missed some great shots.
This is also beautifully captured resting on a branch.
Good sharpness and details in the feathers.
A very nice bird to look at.
TFS Paula

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