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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: 2011-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -4- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-31 18:25
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This Blue Grouse reacted to my whistle by showing his mating best, sorry I disappointed him.

Blue Grouse
Dendragapus obscurus

Also known as - Dusky Grouse.

General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

Blue Grouse breed from Yukon south along the coast into California and in the mountains into Arizona and New Mexico. In Alberta, it occurs in the southwestern part, along the foothills country. The population in Alberta was once considered a separate species, known as the Dusky Grouse.

The Blue Grouse is widespread but is becoming scarcer in the higher foothills and mountains. They are resident in Kananaskis Country. Unlike most species, they move to higher elevations in winter, becoming more arboreal then.

They feed on leaves, mainly coniferous needles, but also add flowers, fruit, seeds and insects.

Males are polygamous. The nest, often near the forest-edge, well-concealed under low branches, near or under logs or tree roots, is a dry depression lined with nearby vegetation. The six to eight eggs are incubated for about 26 days. The precocial young are led from the nest to the feeding areas as soon as their down is dry. The young are able to flutter some distance at 6-7 days. They have developed their back feathers by 8-10 days and no longer need to be brooded. Families disperse in late summer.
from Weaselhead.org

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wow, wow , wow, we missed your pictures, and this one is superb, TFS Ori

Hello Ricki,
Beautiful picture of this beautiful bird! lovely highlighted eye, great details and beautiful colours, very well captured!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-07-31 23:41]

Hello Rick,
Very attractive view such beautiful species. Although plants before the bird blurred a little its view but I think it add charm to it. I like colours of this frame.
Regards, Pawel

amazing photo performance in this great scene!
reards Nasos

Hi Rick,

Absolutely fabulous image of this beauty my friend, amazing effect you have created here, the colours are lovely and i love the bright out of focus blades of grass against the mottled grey background, nice and sharp, good lighting, great stuff here Rick and well done,
Best regards,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-08-01 2:00]

Hi Rick.
Stunning lens work and terrific shot. Pose of the splendid bird and its glance, angle of image rotation, unusual lighting and colour palette create a special impression and mood. My compliments and TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-01 5:38]

Pleasant image of this Grouse display, good use of depth of field, beauty. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-01 6:25]

Hi Rick,
Very nice portrait of a beautiful bird.Perfect light and colours.
Very good focus on the head. Nicely blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

Hallo Rick,
a fantastic capture ot this magnificent bird, good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, thanks for this rare beauty
Best regards

WOW amazing bird in amazing pose. FANTASTIC photo Rick!! Despite the difficult conditions an impressive result with f/4 and 1/160!! The composition, the colours, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent.

Hello Rick,
A good method to capture it. Fine details, natural colours and a great POV for this image. Well done!

Hi Rick,
Yet another great Alberta species. Nice colors on him and intersting POV. A great find indeed. Well done again.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-01 16:15]

Hi Rick,a very great capture!! The pic talk himself,no need comments but only a bg standing ovation.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Bonjour Rick,
Très bonne opposition du sujet sur l'arrière plan permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Rick

WOW ! what a beautiful bird, this grouse being
on ground i love your POV you being lower than him,
it gives a wonderful eye-contact, great focus
sharpness and details of that beautiful plumage, TFS


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-09-26 12:15]

Hi Rick
What a nice capture I never had the chance to see one.Excellent pov and well compose image.As usual sharp image with great plumage details.Very nice colors to.
TFS Michel

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