This photo is the best of the series I obtained from an encounter with a Ruffed Grouse, my first encounter with camera in hand!
The shy elusive Ruffed Grouse is difficult at best to photograph. With the depressed populations brought on by over-browsing of the underbrush by deer; photographing Ruffed Grouse has became next to impossible.
This grouse was alarmed upon discovering my presence but its curiosity allowed me to get a few frames off before it rapidly departed.
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Gosh. This is just stunning. I can't remember the last time I saw a Grouse like this but it was over 60 years ago and I probably pulled the trigger and shot him. I suspect we ate him as I wouldn't kill something for sport.
I don't think I ever saw a Pheasant except running around a fence row. I seldom see one captured by a camera.
Great job Salty and a wonderful experience these days just to see one. I hunted the mountains in Franklin County for 20 years in the 70's and 80's seeing very few.
Thats a real bragging shot.
Wow! What a beautiful bird! I don't believe I have ever seen one of these!!
I think this would make a BEAUTIFUL notecard!!!
Catching up..beautiful photos. No wonder people can't see the grouse. It blends right in doesn't it? --Michelle--
Salty: Love the shot and it is a winner. I remember that rapid depart with the wings ablaze. This will probably make next years magazine.
I played too :)
Any encounter would be fine by me. Wonderful. Your header image is incredible.
Nothing left to say but hats off!
What a beautiful bird! Love the pattern in the plumage! You did a great job!
Congrats on getting a shot. I've never seen one. Lovely pic.
Excellent shot Salty. I've never seen one in real life. that's what I like about blogging. I learn an see so many interesting things.
Congratulations: great shot. And beautiful bird. Are efforts underway to help restore its habitat?
A great shot!
Glad you had your camera.
And I love that shot! Glad you had your camera with you;) Mine is posted HERE. Happy CC!~
I've never seen a grouse ruffled or otherwise. Good find.
You're right, I really had to run to keep up with that snail :)
Beautiful photo. I don't think I've ever seen one up close and your photo is probably the closest I will come to seeing one. Wonderful job on this one. It looks like a postcard.
A great photo! The way he's posed in those minds makes me think this would make a nice xmas card!
What a catch! What a garmet it has...like some medieval costume...
I haven't seen one in forever howabout golden pheasant??
that was good camouflage!
This is an awesome and gorgeous bird Salty! WOW - LOOK at those markings - breathtaking!
By the way - you are the Camera-Critters featured capture for this week.
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