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Jun 05, 2010 01:13 |  #1

I got out over the last weekend and got some grouse images here during the mating season. The first one is a pair of spruce grouse with the displaying male. He stood on various branches and called displaying his fortitude to the female.

Next I went to locate sooty grouse and got a few males to come out of the tree to look for the females. They would run around the snow looking for ladies but all they got was a camo clad photog. You know, this is the one time I think the white lens was actually camo in the snow. I put a few more on my website if anyone is interested. Thanks!


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Jun 05, 2010 01:19 |  #2

Sooty grouse...


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Jun 05, 2010 01:20 as a reply to  @ popeshawnpaul's post |  #3

Spruce Grouse...


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Jun 05, 2010 03:08 |  #4

Lovely shots, Shawn.


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Jun 05, 2010 05:39 |  #5

Good series, never saw a sooty before.


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Jun 05, 2010 08:09 |  #6

Beautiful sequence of shots and gorgeous birds, well done.

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Jun 05, 2010 08:31 |  #7

Beautiful shots


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Jun 05, 2010 09:50 |  #8

I've never had the pleasure of seeing a Grouse, these are really nice shots Shawn. That one looks surprised at seeing you...heh..heh.


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Jun 05, 2010 22:48 |  #9

Ajo, I've always loved your bighorn shots from the canyon down there. I'm a sheep nut and I'll have a ton of sheep images on my website soon but I don't have desert rams. When I get a chance some day I hope to get some like you do. Thanks for the comments.


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Jun 06, 2010 02:01 |  #10

popeshawnpaul wrote in post #10310033 (external link)
Ajo, I've always loved your bighorn shots from the canyon down there. I'm a sheep nut and I'll have a ton of sheep images on my website soon but I don't have desert rams. When I get a chance some day I hope to get some like you do. Thanks for the comments.

Thanks Shawn, the best months are Sept.- Nov. for sheep. They can be seen most days durring that time. If you ever plan a trip here. Also the old waterhole has some great birds in the fall months.:D


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Jun 06, 2010 07:07 |  #11

wow, beautiful shots each one is a winner


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Jun 06, 2010 07:11 |  #12

Great series!


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Jun 06, 2010 07:39 as a reply to  @ rw2's post |  #13

Fabulous shots!!
They use one of these in a Whisky ad over here, Famous Grouse.


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Jun 06, 2010 09:18 |  #14

Wonderful series! I've got to find out where they are in these parts.


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Jun 06, 2010 09:49 |  #15

Diamond Lil wrote in post #10311618 (external link)
Wonderful series! I've got to find out where they are in these parts.

Usually high ridges for "blue" sooty or dusky grouse. I find them by listening for the low hoot hoot hoot hoot hoot they make from the tree. It almost sounds like an owl and it's hard to tell the direction it's coming from. Otherwise, driving gravel roads can also be productive. Sometimes it's easier to get grouse that aren't accustomed to being shot at but many, even the hunted ones, are tame enough to get shots on. These are hunted grouse shots, not from a park/preserve. One thing I've never tried is a female decoy... I'm guessing that would keep them busy for a few minutes and provide good action.


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