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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: 2012-05-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-23 5:15
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Points: 14
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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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Hello Razvan,
a sharp picture taken from a good angle of this bird. nice colour and composition.

Hello Razvan,
Excellent photo of this Capercaillie in very beautifl light and colours. Taken in an attractive pose with eye contact. And, of course, taken from a perfect low POV. Great sahrpness. Is this snow on the bottom? This bird is very rare in our country.

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  • Filnato (101)
  • [2012-05-23 10:41]

Lovely capture! I Like the sharpness, the colors and the posture of the very nice bird.
Greetings from Cyprus,


Hello Razvan,
Very nice presentation of this birds in great sharpnrss and details.Beautiful natural colours.
Best regards

Ciao Razvan
Eccellente cattura di questo gallo cedrone,con ottimi colori naturali,eccellente la nitidezza ed un’ottima gestione della luce bravo.
Ciao Marco.

well done Raazvan,

beautiful shot


Fantastic bird and fantastic pose Razvan! Fantastic photo too!!! Very good POV, excellent composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness is impressive!

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