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Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Grouse photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-20 19:07
Viewed: 5475
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Spruce Grouse
Falcipennis canadensis

General Description

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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Ciao Jeanpaul, splendid bird in a fantastic colorful ambientation, perfect focus, excellent sharpness and wonderful light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello JeanPaul,

In some way its an funny photo, it looks he has been an hat on his head.
Good of sharpness and details.
Fine colours.


Hi Jean Paul,
Nice photo. We don't have those here, I had never seen a picture of one before. Great fall colours along with the bird. Well done!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-20 23:18]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Nice to see you posting again!
A fine capture of a cock Spruce Grouse that I have not seen on TN before.
The grouse itself was taken from a POV that shows most of its features with excellent sharpness and natural colours against a very colourful natural BG of lichens and plants in autumn colours.
Merci et a bientôt,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-20 23:40]

Hello Jeanpaul.
Very good capture.Good composition ,sharp details with nice colors.Best regards Siggi

Bonjour Jean-Paul, my neighbour today
this is fascinating shot of handsome Spruce Grouse and colorful plants. He must be able to camouflage among these plants very well. you greatly captured it with great sharp details, color balance and light using. composition and coloration also superb. thanks for sharing this beauty.
well done

Hello JeanPaul,
thank you for sharing.
Best Regards,

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Très belle publication valorisant bien le sujet dans son environnement, sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ, par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-21 8:52]

Hello Jean Paul,

The camouflage of these bird is wonderful against the vegetation.
Splendid colors, nice plumage.
Sharpness and clarity be superb. TFS.

Best regards,

salut Jean-Paul

une très très belle photo de ce tétras du Canada mâle,
j'aimes le POV et le framing en panorama, très belle
luminosité et couleurs de la photos, surtout du plumage
et la queue qui est en éventail, TFS


bonjour jeanpaul
je suis heureuse de vous revoir sur TN, ce tétras du Canada est photographié avec beaucoup de details précis et net, c'est une espèce rarement vue sur TN,donc cette image est doublement interressante
très joli environnement, très coloré et bien éclairé
Passe une bonne nuit

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-21 15:03]

Salut Jeanpaul,une photo tres riche des details et couleurs et une espece vraiment spectaculaire et tres interessante,excellent travail mon ami,merci de partager et bonne journee',Luciano

Hola jeanpaul

Vaya que cantidad de colores que tiene esta imagen, has conseguido que todos se vean correctamente, una composición buena, perfecta nitidez y contrastes complicados, buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

amazing colourful capture, no need for a frame this time, TFS Ori

Ciao Jeanpaul,
another very interesting image, light, colors and details very beautiful. Another nice picture. Tanks for sharing. Best regards, Paolo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-22 4:23]

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
Ravie de revoir une de tes images. Un merveilleux coup de chance, une image splendide et si naturelle. Les couleurs automnales sont si belles et l'oiseau s'intègre parfaitement dans cet environnement

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-22 6:27]

Hello Jeanpaul,
excellent colours for both - the grouse and its surrounding leaves. Very special composition in excellent sharpness.
This is a very captivating simple nature shot.
Well presented and well done.


A lovely and colourful image of a Spruce Grouse taken from a fine POV with nice details Jeanpaul.
TFS and have a nice weekend!


Hi Jeanpaul,
A very nice full colourful image and a clever choice of framing.Seems to be a proud grouse.

Excelente documento Jean Paul con una riqueza de preciosos y explosivos colores.
Buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

This is a carnival of colours. I looked up you 50 degree line...Now tell me..you have to fly in right?

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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-10-31 0:46]

Bonjour JeanPaul

J'aime bien la composition de cette photo. C'est la premiere fois que je vois ce type de grouse, tres jolie et elegante. Peut etre je experimenterais avec les couleurs des fleurs rouges, peut etre reduiserais je l'intesite des rouges tel que la tete de l'oiseau etait plus exposee.
Merci de la partage.



¡Hermosa fotografía, JeanPaul! ¡Qué lujo vivir en el Quebec!
Este urogallo entre estos coloridos arbustos es una verdadera explosión de color y vida. ¡Felicitaciones!
Desde Argentina,
un fuerte abrazo.

Hernán Bortondello

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