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Spruce Grouse female

Spruce Grouse female
Photo Information
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: 2010-09-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/2.9, 1/280 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Grouse photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-28 14:56
Viewed: 4119
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Spruce Grouse (Dendragapus canadensis)

Female and male

Canada Grouse; Black Grouse; Wood Grouse; Wood Partridge; Hudson Spruce Partridge; Spotted Grouse; Cedar Partridge; Swamp Partridge.
Length, 17 inches. Males are black and gray above, and black below, variegated with white; females are brown, tawny, and black above, and .dull-whitish below, barred with black. Both sexes are without crests or ruffs; tarsus feathered to the toes; tail with r6 feathers.
Plumage of entire upper parts, wavy-barred with black and gray; some rufous markings on back and wings; white markings on shoulders and wing-coverts; lores, whitish; throat and sides of head below eye, black bordered with broken white; a bright yellow or reddish-colored comb over eye of naked skin; tail, black broadly tipped with orange-brown; under parts, deep glossy black much variegated with white; under tail-coverts tipped with white; sides and breast with white crescented bars.
Entire upper parts, umber brown varied with tawny and ocher and traversely barred with black; lores and a short streak behind eye together with an obscure patch on side of throat, whitish; beneath, dull whitish much mixed with tawny particularly on breast; nearly everywhere wavy-barred with blackish; shorter in front, more heavily behind; flanks, streaked with white; tail mottled with buff and tipped very narrowly with orange-brown.
On the ground, well-concealed under low conifer branches, brush heaps, or tamarack; constructed of dry twigs and leaves and lined with moss and grass.
8 to 14, buffy or reddish-brown, blotched and spotted with different shades of darker brown

From the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains west of Edmonton, Alberta, east to Labrador Peninsula; also a disconnected area in Alaska from Bristol Bay to Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-28 15:21]

Very good capture of this interesting and beautiful bird.Great POV and nice colors.TFS.

  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2010-10-28 22:38]

Not a bad result from a point and shot camera indeed Jeanpaul! Well recorded and a bit over-saturated colors and detail under a difficult back lit! Nice simple composition and lovely green frame!
George Veltchev

Hello Jeanpaul,

Nice timing on the rest in the tree. a kind of very interesting and beautiful patterns and colors. This beautiful species was a beautiful shot. Composition and preparation of a very successful shooting.
Thank you for sharing. Best Regards,


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-28 23:33]

Hello Jeanpaul,
This grouse mastered the art of camouflage. Very nice picture with great natural colors.
Very well done.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jeanpaul, great capture of wonderful spruce grouse in a difficult ambientation, fine details, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-29 7:56]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
A very nice capture of a female Spruce Grouse. The sharpness and natural colours are excellent in this pleasing composition in the larch tree.
Merci et a Bientôt,
Bon weekend,

Hello Jeanpaul,
a beautiful image of bird, particularly good the sharpness. A nice picture, regards. Paolo

Bonjour Jean Paul,
Le sujet est relativement bien valorisé dans son environnement malgré un éclairage qui me semble difficile à maitriser.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Merhaba Jeanpaul,

You've captured this beauty with excellent timing. I noticed some chromatic aberrations, especially on branches (purple colourations) probably stemning from the low light conditions and the sturcture of your lens. However this is still beautiful capture for me!
TFS and have a nice night/weekend MF!


Great capture... composition and POV are wonderful!


Hello JeanPaul,

this Spruce Grouse never beeen seen and you have been captured him so well in nataral environment.
Good pov, sharpness and details.
Fine colours.


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-10-30 8:46]

Hello Jeanpaul,

Very nice camouflage has these grouse.
Notwithstanding the clear backlight see we excellent the grouse.
This in combination with nice colors and fantastic light.
Very well composition, TFS.

Have a nice weekend,

Hi Jeanpaul,
A lovely capture of this bird. Excellent sharp details and a nice composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-11-04 4:34]

Hi Jean Paul,
Lovely capture of this bird.She seems vey busy:)
Thanks for posting..

For a female she is truly colourful.
Looks like she was "posing" just for you.
Love your detailed notes.
Mario with regards from Calgary.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2010-12-25 3:23]

Very good capture and well seen. Difficult lighting conditions with the bright sky in the bg, but very well done.
best wishes from Holland

Bonjour Jean-Paul

Comment aurais-je manqué cette photo du tétras du Canada de toi !
c'est un très bel oiseau et ta photo elle est très jolie avec le cadrage
en panorama, excellent focus netteté et détails sur l'oiseau,
il a un très joli plumage, j'aime ton POV en contre-plongé, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-04-07 2:07]

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
J'avais malheureusement raté cett image intéressante d'un Tetras du Canada. Il fallait voir l'oiseau perché tout là-haut et caché par les branches du pin. Image naturelle et très plaisante avec une très bonne netteté, pas facile avec toutes ces branches.
Merci aussi de ta dernière critique
Bonne journée

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