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CDMOOSE
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Jun 20, 2017 16:34 |  #1

We went looking for a Dickcissel on Monday that had been reported by a birding group visiting our county over the weekend. We did not find it, but we found a female Spruce Grouse, a coveted bird which they did not encounter. I think this is perhaps the most gorgeous of the species I have ever photographed. Often it seems the females especially are more tan and a little more washed out. The intensity of this bird's coloration blows me away. The second photo is one reason I enjoy bird photography, the ability to marvel over feather detail. This is something that folks with binoculars normally can't do.

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Jun 20, 2017 23:57 |  #2

Very nice Al. I really like how you were able to get this Spruce isolated. For me, they are generally tucked into the tree branches. Great color and clarity. Well done. Thanks for sharing.ߙ


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Tom ­ Reichner
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Jun 21, 2017 00:06 |  #3

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A most wonderful opportunity, Al! . And a most wonderful image, as well.

Are these Spruce Grouse that you have in your area the Franklin's variety, or the Taiga variety?

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Jun 21, 2017 07:32 |  #4

KT29 wrote in post #18383246 (external link)
Very nice Al. I really like how you were able to get this Spruce isolated. For me, they are generally tucked into the tree branches. Great color and clarity. Well done. Thanks for sharing.ߙ

Thank you so much. I know what you mean about where one usually finds them. I was very lucky. She was standing on a beaver-gnawed aspen stump, just as if she were on a pedestal.

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18383250 (external link)
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A most wonderful opportunity, Al! . And a most wonderful image, as well.

Are these Spruce Grouse that you have in your area the Franklin's variety, or the Taiga variety?

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Thank you kindly, Tom. I always like posting shots of Spruce Grouse because I've heard some folks think they are mythical birds! People with 700 species on their life lists have not seen one. I'm sure ours are of the Taiga race; Franklins appears to be the western variety.


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Jun 21, 2017 08:25 |  #5

Beautiful shots Al, showing some pretty intricate designs and patterns and colours.


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Jun 21, 2017 09:00 |  #6

So pretty Al! Glad I started checking in again over here. Life gets busy, and computer time gets cut short!


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Jun 21, 2017 11:00 |  #7

Wallace River wrote in post #18383389 (external link)
Beautiful shots Al, showing some pretty intricate designs and patterns and colours.

Thank you, Ian; I appreciate your commenting. The patterns and coloration are astounding, I agree.

SJC from VT wrote in post #18383413 (external link)
So pretty Al! Glad I started checking in again over here. Life gets busy, and computer time gets cut short!

Well, where are your priorities? :-) Thanks for your comment, Sandy, and please continue to check in.


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Jun 22, 2017 04:48 |  #8

Beautiful bird, beautiful shots. 2hd shot would be a good one to post in a birding magazine as a puzzler-"Name the bird!".
Thanks for posting, Al.


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Jun 22, 2017 07:28 |  #9

ardeekay wrote in post #18384091 (external link)
Beautiful bird, beautiful shots. 2hd shot would be a good one to post in a birding magazine as a puzzler-"Name the bird!".
Thanks for posting, Al.

Thanks, Rog. Have you ever visited Sibley's website; he routinely has quizzes like that and they are fun and informative.


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Jun 22, 2017 07:58 |  #10

Very nice Al, I think its the spring time colours showing through. Winter feather can be very intense too.


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Jun 23, 2017 10:54 |  #11

Pondrader wrote in post #18384168 (external link)
Very nice Al, I think its the spring time colours showing through. Winter feather can be very intense too.

Thank you for commenting, Jeff; I appreciate it.


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Jun 23, 2017 16:19 as a reply to CDMOOSE's post |  #12

I checked out Sibley's, not thoroughly but Song Sleuth got my attention. I'm android so this fall will look into this app. Thank you!


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Jun 23, 2017 16:33 |  #13

Very nice.


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Jun 24, 2017 07:27 |  #14

Mel-S wrote in post #18385363 (external link)
Very nice.

Thank you.


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Jul 25, 2017 15:18 |  #15

CDMOOSE wrote in post #18383368 (external link)
Thank you kindly, Tom. I always like posting shots of Spruce Grouse because I've heard some folks think they are mythical birds! People with 700 species on their life lists have not seen one. I'm sure ours are of the Taiga race; Franklins appears to be the western variety.

Al,

You are fortunate indeed! . Taiga Grouse have been near the top of my lifetime "bucket list" for many years now. . I have never even seen one, but sincerely hope that I have that opportunity to photograph one before I die. . I think that the outer tail band on displaying males is, like, one of the coolest things in the world!

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