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Drummer in the Woods

Drummer in the Woods
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 650D, Canon 100-400mm EF f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Grouse photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-04-30 17:58
Viewed: 1610
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not a perfectly clear shot ..... but these wary birds are not so easy to photograph - especially when 'drumming' for the purpose of mating. Nevertheless, I think this shows the male's courting wing beat routine adequately enough.


The Ruffed Grouse differs from other grouse species in its courtship display. Unlike other grouse species, the Ruffed Grouse relies entirely on a non-vocal acoustic display, known as drumming. The drumming itself is a rapid, wing-beating display that creates a low frequency sound, starting slow and speeding up (thump...thump...thump..thump-thump-thump-thump). Even in thick woods this can be heard for a quarter mile or more (~1/2 km).

The Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) is a medium-sized grouse occurring in forests from the Appalachian Mountains across Canada to Alaska. It is non-migratory.

The Ruffed Grouse spends most of its time quietly on the ground, and when surprised, may explode into flight, beating their wings very loudly. In the winter, they will burrow into the snow for warmth, and may suddenly burst out of the snow when approached too closely.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Tetraoninae
Genus: Bonasa Stephens, 1819
Species: B. umbellus


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-30 18:38]

Hello Derek,
To photograph a wild Grouse at the precise moment it is drumming is definitely not an easy feat...Congratulations!!! Maybe not the best image as far as all around quality, but I would be simply thrilled to have captured such a unique shot. Great job!!!

Hello Derek

The Ruffed Grouse it is among my favorite birds
and I would love to do such a photo while drumming !
Yes as Ron wrote Congratulations!!! ,
Great POV and to show the grouse's expression
on his eye, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS



Hallo Derek
Very difficuld to take a picture of this bird
but you can show us this beauty
great details and super naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-01 10:59]

Hi Derek,excellent capture in a very difficult situation between the branches and in the forest shadows,i like your perfect dot of fire on this grouse,the result is very original and nice! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-03 1:19]

Hello Derek,
Bravo to have caught this marvellous bird in full action.I would have been very proud to catch this bird in this situation. I don't mind branches in front at all...that is just nature pure.

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