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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/3.6, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Grouse photos, Blue Things III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-22 20:14
Viewed: 5902
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse,
I grew up in Southern California, where frost on the grass was a novelty. For a winter treat people would take their children to the mountains to see snow. We kids would pack the white stuff onto the car's hood and bumpers and hope to get back before it all melted so we could show our friends.

Maybe that's the reason that even though I now live in Iowa, I still think winter is fun, and the deeper the snow, the better.

So when I got a chance to join a group of birdwatchers going to Minnesota for four days of winter birding, I joyfully met them before dawn on a frozen morning and headed toward Duluth, beside myself with anticipation about finding the wonderful birds that can be seen only in the far north during winter.

Some snowy owls, for example, come into Minnesota in winter from the Arctic, and I longed to see one. It was on my list of possible "life birds" that I might see for the first time in my life.

Why do birdwatchers want to see birds they've never seen before? For me, each bird is the embodiment of the place in which it lives. Encountering it, I feel as if I've met the spirit of that place and made friends with it.

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Talk about long time no see and then your back. Still the man of nature with the cabin? And you image is well seen here my old friend. It is a rarity for my eyes...
Bob Shannon

Hi JP.
A beautiful bird with good colors. Not as pretty as the male you posted yesterday between the flowers. Not the best POV but well captured and TFS.

Hi Jeanpaul,
The picture is a bit shaky due to slow shutterspeed and it is because of the birds activeness. Good composition and light. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Jeanpaul,
beautiful capture, colors and details can be improved light perfect. Beautiful picture. Regards, Paolo

Hi jeanpaul,

Colorful feathers and a very nice kind of attention. Does not look like our pet chickens. A very nice presentation. TFS ...Mehmet

Hola jeanpaul

Buena toma de esta especie de gallina de colores estupendos, que pena que el sol te ha jugado una mala pasada con esas altas luces. buen POV y nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Jeanpaul, lovely shot of this beautiful bird with nice pose and composition. I think a bit soft sharpness on head part.
TFS and regards,

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Agréable 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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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-23 9:57]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Another fine capture of a male of this cock Spruce Grouse. The POV and sharpness and good and the colours help to make it stand out from the busy BG of the ground.
Merci, bon fin de semaine,

Hi JP. The plumage of this bird is so well defined and you have captured the shot from fine pov. Love the framing and tone of the subject and the surrounding. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Sunday. Best regards - Jusni.

salut Jean-Paul

quelle superbe chance que tu as de pouvoir voir
et photographier de si proche un tétras du Canada,
une très jolie photo avec un POV différent nous
montrant la beauté de son plumage, TFS


Hallo Jean Paul
This is a beautiful bird with lots of lovely details in its plumage. The variation of colours in the feathers is astounding and really gorgeous. You have captured it well showing off all this lovely features just at the right spots. It surely looks a bit sleepy at the moment, or maybe it have just been caught off guar. I also like the clarity and variation of different patterns in the feathers. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

I grew up in Southern Cal as well Jeanpaul..Don't miss the people though.
What I miss are the beaches ;-)
I enjoyed your reading your thoughts, and how you've tied it all together..
Well seen, thank you for sharing!

Ciao Jeanpaul, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

L'oiseau est bien placé dans le cadrage. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du Tétras du Canada. La lumière du matin a un bel effet sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


Loved your note JP.,
"... , I feel as if I've met the spirit of that place and made friends with it."
That is EXACTLY how I feel.
Great colours.
Presented with a lot of taste.
Mario with friendly greetings from Calgary in Canada.

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