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My first Ruffed Grouse

 
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Oct 07, 2012 08:08 |  #1

This was a first for me. I was lucky enough to notice this guy walking around in Grand Teton National Park a few weeks ago. Really pretty, and calm birds.

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Oct 07, 2012 08:22 |  #2

A very nice shot; congratulations. They are not known generally as not being very wary, but I think in National Parks, where hunting is not allowed, they become even more tolerant.
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Oct 07, 2012 11:01 |  #3

Nice image. One of my favorite birds.:)


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Oct 08, 2012 17:48 |  #4

Nice job Jason don't see many of these. In Florida .


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Oct 08, 2012 17:57 |  #5

Looks like you might have a little lady. Nice capture.


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Oct 08, 2012 18:18 as a reply to  @ Nature Nut's post |  #6

Beautiful shot, Jason. Try getting that close to one of those here and it'll scare the bejeebers out of you.


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Oct 12, 2012 09:47 |  #7

Thanks a lot guys. Wallace, why would they scare you?


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Oct 12, 2012 09:58 |  #8

I know here in NY they squat and pop. They may sit until your on top of them, then get spooked and make a racket taking off. That can take one for surprise.


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Oct 12, 2012 10:05 |  #9

Congrats on your first grouse, Jason!

They are typically very spooky, and won't allow anyone to approach, but the Tetons are known as a place where they become accustomed to people, so you were definitely in the right spot for them.

Really nice image. Good call on shooting that wide open, as it looks like it was a potentially messy background, and blurring it out as much as you did at f4 really smooths it out nicely.

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Wallace, why would they scare you?

When they flush they make quite a loud noise. Takes you completely by surprise because you don't even know there's a grouse there, then all of a sudden, "WHOOOOOOOSSSHHHHHH" right from under your feet. Enough to give you a heart attack!


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Oct 12, 2012 16:58 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #10

Woot!


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Oct 12, 2012 18:23 |  #11

J.Litton wrote in post #15112532 (external link)
Thanks a lot guys. Wallace, why would they scare you?

Jason, like a couple of others have noted, if you don't know they are there and you stumble across them, it's like they are laying there in ambush, and they suddenly rocket p immediately in front of you with a mighty whoosh. It makes one jump ;)


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