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March 26, 2012
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Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 7D
Shutter Speed
1/49 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
135 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Mar 25, 2012, 7:31:24 AM
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.0 Windows
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22mm
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Spruce Grouse by Ryser915 Spruce Grouse by Ryser915
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).

Rangeley, Maine

March 25, 2012
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:iconwildflowergal33:
WildflowerGal33 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Beautiful bird!!  
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Ebiru123 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
amazing
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swashbuckler Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Super shot, amazing how well it blends with the environment.
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:iconnatureguy:
natureguy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow Really nice shot Ryan!
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:iconeaross:
eaross Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding image considering the low light conditions! :clap:
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:iconsilvervulpine:
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant capture! :)
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meihua Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Sounds like an amazing experience! And what a great photo in those light conditions :clap: Did you get any decent action shots with the darkness?
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crazygardener Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
WOW!! beautiful!! Excellent capture!!!
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dragonaki Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow beautiful !!!
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melly4260 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
WoW just good he wasn't movin' too fast!! he'd be a blur!! LoL...(or fuzzy wuzzy) and so close to him too!! only 135mm!! KOOL :icongrin--plz:
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