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Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse
Photo Information
Copyright: Rene Lortie (rlortie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 295 W: 59 N: 593] (2058)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Grouse photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-11 21:19
Viewed: 5670
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Spruce Grouse
Falcipennis canadensis

Met this bird while trekking in Parc Frontenac, Eastern Townships, Québec.
Probably a juvenile.

The Spruce Grouse is a sedentary bird in Québec’s boreal forest and in the Acadian forest of the Maritimes. Equally present in Alaska and the other Canadian provinces, it nourishes itself according to the seasons, thus varying its diet. In the summer, it tastes fruits, mushrooms, insects and green plants, whereas in the winter, it consumes conifer needles and buds. The length of the Spruce Grouse is 38 to 43 cm.

This northern grouse is extraordinarily tame and can occasionally be approached and caught; hence its local name, "Fool Hen." It is generally a quiet bird, thinly distributed in its habitat and therefore difficult to find. Its principal foods are the needles and buds of evergreens, although young birds consume large quantities of insects. Spruce Grouse are generally found singly or in small family groups, quietly picking their way over the forest floor or sitting in dense conifers.

Tech Notes
Date/Time: 2004:07:02 09:27:30
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
Aperture: 6,7
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous: frame 1
ISO: 400
Lens: 100 to 400mm
Focal length: 400mm
Subject distance: 7,1 m
AF mode: One-shot AF

Cropped, saturation control, levels adjustments, and resized for TN in PhotoShop CS.

willie, gerhardt, christophe, Signal-Womb, marhowie, Luc, livios, Shoot_Score, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-01-11 21:44]

je partais me coucher, et ta photo est aparue a l'écran. Ouf! je suis renversé de voir cette belle poule. Quelle belle photo, toute y est, POV, DOF, composition, netteté, couleurs , cadrage, Vraiment excellent. FÉLICITATIONS !

René, je suis tout à fait d'accord avec jossim. Quelle belle image, pour moi surtout à cause de la richesse des couleurs de ce sous-bois. Bravo!

Quelle pose royale! Très belle photo de nature, René. Oui, il s'agit sûrement d'un jeune. L'environnement est superbe et le tout est très bien cadré. Mieux vaut le voir au bout d'un objectif qu'au bout d'un fusil. N'est-il pas chassé, comme en Ecosse?

J'admire ton oiseau! Il est vraiment comme les roi avec sa pose. J'aime boucoup les couleurs - c'est bruns and beiges sont belles! Il s'habille comme une dame elegante :-)

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ****

Great shot, very sharp. Not a nit!.
Well done.

What an outstanding moment ! Great clarity and detail !

  • Great 
  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-12 13:42]

Stunning Rene. very good DOF and POV. Very good image. Well done

WOW! Rene, I love this! What an interesting critter. I have never seen it before. So fluffy. (juve ?) No nits just a great shot.

Rien à redire tu as fait du bon boulot
Amicalement Christophe

Rene that is a fantastic photo. Your posts are always different and very interesting. Good work.

Rene, Excellent pose & details. Very well composed. Just an overall superior job on this!!

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-13 10:45]

À mes yeux, cette photo possèdent toutes les qualités qui en font une candidate vers la perfection.
Je suis natif des Cantons de l'Est (Windsor) et je ne connais pas le Parc Frontenac.
Une image agréable à regarder et une note agréable à lire.
Merci René.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-14 14:50]

What a fantastic capture in this beautiful setting. The sharpness is superb and the composition great.

Well done and thanks for posting

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-02-01 10:34]

René, nice POV to show us these great feathers.

Beautiful shot of a beautiful bird. Excellent POV and sharpness (nothing new about it) and good note.

Rene, I like the sharpness and detail of your photo, and love the "pose".

Can you help me ID my bird?

TIA, merci ;j.

bonjour René


j'ai presque une quarantaine de photos favoris
la tienne sera ajouté et pour moi aujourd'hui c'est la plus
belle de toute les photos de trecknature

si j'aurais a garder une seule photo parmi mes favoris
sa serait celle-là, MERCI BEAUCOUP pour cette superbe photo
du jeune tétras avec ses belles couleurs, belles netteté
beau cadrage et surperbe regard du jeune tétras



  • Great 
  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2011-06-05 12:44]

Hi Rene,

Fantastic shot of a very proud bird. Excellent pose on the branch and very sharp hot.


Hi Rene. Absolutley stunning to see this guy in his natural habitat. That's what treknature is all about. TFS Trevor

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