The Spruce Grouse is a secretive bird of the northern coniferous woodlands. I've always wanted a good photograph of this species, but have never gotten one. After two days hiking around northern Maine, two friends and I finally came upon this stunning adult male. Boreal birds (although extremely hard to find sometimes) hardly ever (if ever) see humans, so are extremely unwary around them. This bird displayed for an hour only a few yards away, several times landing at my feet. The Spruce Grouse's breeding display consists of it lflying up to a low perch, and then back down to the ground again, producing a haunting roar from its wing beats. The light in the dense spruce grove was extremely low, so I had to use a fast ISO speed (1600), and an extremely slow shutter speed (1/50 of a second).
March 25, 2012
March 25, 2012
Super shot, amazing how well it blends with the environment.
Wow Really nice shot Ryan!
Outstanding image considering the low light conditions!
Sounds like an amazing experience! And what a great photo in those light conditions Did you get any decent action shots with the darkness?
WOW!! beautiful!! Excellent capture!!!
Wow beautiful !!!
right time for a photo! great!
Beautiful shot, great info!
What an excellent capture Ryan!!!
rathe nice markings.. well captured
WOW! I'm speechless...
Wonderful capture. And nice to see you including information about the species. It's awesome to hear about the birds who challenge people and how they finally get the shot they'd been hoping for!
Absolutely super beautiful clear photo
such a great pic
Such a beautiful bird! I adore grouse (and everything in galliformes, really). Nice capture, and lucky you for coming across him. Such intricate feather patterning!
Looks beautiful, the color composition is stunning... especial with the sharp contrast of the red above the eye. Very interesting, thank you for sharing!