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Old Aug 10, 2008, 10:20 PM   #1
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Not the best shot since it was very late in the day, but I thought you all might enjoy seeing a Grouse in Molt with all of his tail feathers missing and his primary flight feathers gone also. He has been running around the woods behind the house for a week now and can not fly, but he sure can run fast.



Same bird this winter with all his feathers!



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Old Aug 10, 2008, 11:01 PM   #2
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Old Aug 11, 2008, 12:35 PM   #3
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nice work on both shots tom. i can see the difference in plumage around the neck the best.

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Old Aug 11, 2008, 8:40 PM   #4
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It is an extremely dangerous time for Grouse since they can no longer fly while they wait for the new feathers to grow back. It is just natures way of taking the old beat up feathers and replacing them with nice new ones.

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Excellent shots Tom!! I really like the snow picture. Beautiful exposure and detail...cheers...Don
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Old Aug 16, 2008, 9:11 PM   #6
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Beautiful photos. #2 is fantastic.
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