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Blue Grouse

Blue 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: 2010-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Grouse photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-29 7:22
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Points: 24
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Hi Everyone,
Todays posting is a Blue Grouse that we found near Mammoth, Wyoming.

Blue Grouse
Family: Phasianidae

Description 15 1/2 -21" (39-53 cm). A large grouse. Male dusky gray or bluish gray, with orange-yellow or red comb over eye, patch of yellow skin on neck surrounded by rosette of white feathers, some mottling on wings, and blackish tail with pale gray terminal band. Birds in Rockies lack terminal tail band and have red skin in center of rosette on neck. Females and immatures mottled brown with dark tail.

Habitat Burned areas, brush in coastal rain forest; montane forests, slashes, and subalpine forest clearings.

Nesting 5-10 cream-colored eggs, lightly spotted with brown, in a scrape lined with pine needles and grass, usually sheltered by a stump or rock.

Range Resident from southeastern Alaska and Northwest Territories south to California, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Voice Male gives a series of deep hoots, whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop, increasing in tempo and volume.

Discussion The deep booming hoots of a courting male Blue Grouse are audible for many yards but because they are so low in pitch, the bird itself can be extremely difficult to find. It is worth the effort, however, because as he hoots, the male fans his tail over his back, spreads the feathers on his neck to reveal the patch of brightly colored skin, and erects the combs over the eyes, producing a striking display. In winter this grouse feeds exclusively on conifer needles; its summer diet consists of insects, seeds, and berries.
from eNature.com

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-29 7:38]

Hello Rick,
Nice to have you as my neighbour!
This is a fine portait of a Blue Grouse cock taken from a good low lateral POv with excellent sharpness and colours. The lighting and composition with the natural habitat are great too.
Must be a fine experience to see him diplaying!
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-29 7:49]

Hello Rick,
And here we got another beauty!
Very beautiful close photo of this Blue Grouse. Great natural colours and sharpness. Excellent low POV and composition. Good DOF.

Hi Rick,
Turkey, a non-species
very nice clarity.
Birds in here too timid ..
Your hands, health,
Best wishes,

nice portrait, TFS Ori

The clarity is OUTSTANDING!!!
Superb piece of imagery!!! Loved the notes.
Thanks for travelling so far to register this bird so that the world would view it. We, city folk, never get to even imagine its beauty.
Thanks Rick for sharing your adventures.
Mario from SNOW COVERED Calgary with most friendly greetings.

hello Rick

excellent and beautiful close-up photo of the Blue Grouse,
with very fine low POV at its level, fine focus great sharpness
and details of its wonderful plumage, beautiful eye, TFS


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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-05-29 17:45]

Pleasing photography.
Great clarity and pretty soft colors. Well chosen compo and point of view.

Hi Rick,

A fine capture of a Blue Grouse which is also a novelty for me. Sharpness turned out well. The background shows its natural habitat, and while it might look better blurred a little more, it's not distracting. The subtle shades of color in the bird are beautiful MF!
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-05-29 23:04]

Hi Rick,

What a super shot! As with owls, I don't seem to go where grouse go, so I don't have a single photo of one. They look like they can very effectively hide in their environment. The plumage in your shot is superb. The grouse's eye is fantastic. Great colours and a BG that sets off the bird very well. It's always tricky, when you have a bird on a hill, to compose the shot properly. Yours looks very natural. TFS.


Hi Rick

Excellent shot of this rarely seen species. Good composition and sharpness.


Hello Rick,
Beautiful capture of this bird from a good POV. I like the details and the eye contact. Well done!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-05-31 20:19]

Hello Rick,
I have heard of the Bluse Grouse, but have never actually seen one. This is a great shot of this particular bird. They look like they are a fairly hefty bird and their plumage is very attractive as well as camoflauged. Well done!!

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