Dusty Grouse aka Blue Grouse Courtship Display

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Nov 28, 2007
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Fort Collins, Colorado
I really lucked out on this one! Thanks to a common strutting ground other grouse species such as Sage Grouse are easy to catch doing breeding displays. But the Dusty Grouse lives in spruce fir forest and often is only seen when one scares up a group of them hiking at the last moment before stepping on them. I've been lucky enough to see them feeding with young and other behaviors, but I never saw their display until this last Sunday in the Elkhead Mountains of Colorado. For this shot I used a D300, Nikon AF-D 300 F4 with Kenko 1.4x converter, shot wide open (F4) at 1/5ooth (-1/3 EV), clicky for larger size:

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Tampa, Florida
Beautiful, Michael! You need to post more often - this is a lovely and unusual bird to most of us, I dare say.
 
Joined
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Fort Collins, Colorado
Thanks for the encouragement all! I feel incredibly blessed to have seen this display and wonder if I ever will again. Truly a memorable experience just watching, let along getting to photograph it.
 

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