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Old May 22, 2006, 1:42 AM   #1
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Was out the other day at the local sanctuary, and came across this rare bird for our area-a Blue Grouse. It has never been seen here before, and apparently, I'm the first to photograph it in our area - this is what a couple of bird experts that frequent this sanctuary told me. I really don't know myself. I don't know why they call it a "Blue" grouse, as I could see no colouring to match it's name. It was amazingly tame to our presence. Walked right by us within a few feet, and then walked back again before heading into the bush. I thought it might come out the other side of some bush, and it did! So I followed it for another ten or fifteen minutes, before it got bored, and wandered off into the dense underbrush. Never did see it take flight. I shot this with a manually focus A 200mm pentax prime lens. First day I had used it, so was apprehensive about getting a half a__ed shot.....Thanks for looking.......Don.
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Old May 22, 2006, 1:43 AM   #2
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Old May 22, 2006, 1:43 AM   #3
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Old May 22, 2006, 3:25 AM   #4
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I don't know why they call it a "Blue" grouse, as I could see no colouring to match it's name.
Nice shots Don, looks like you took advantage of a fortunate oppertunity! Just a thought, maybe this was the female and didn't have the color that a male would?


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Old May 22, 2006, 4:15 AM   #5
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Awesome!
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Old May 22, 2006, 8:09 AM   #6
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Never seen one of these , but you have captured this very well
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Very nice shooting and #3 lighting and pose is an awesome shot.
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Very nice shooting and #3 lighting and pose is an awesome shot.
Agreed, Don, and congrats on the double "firsts" or lifers. I've just taken a few shots of a Double-Banded Sandgrouse which looks VERY much like your bird here. i'll post it soon.
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Thanks for the comments everyone. I believe this was a female. My bird book shows it probably to be so, as the male has more colouring. The book states that it is unusually trustful of humans and is commonly called a "fool hen". This seems true, as it put up with my snooping for a good half hour. I'm not sure why they haven't been seen much in our area, because they are apparently widespread in BC. I'll have to ask some experts at the sanctuary to get more info on them.....cheers........Don.
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