Friday, October 1, 2010

Dusky Grouse


This lovely lady is a Dusky Grouse (Dendragapus obscurus), formerly known as the Blue Grouse. These guys have a fairly restricted range in some of the Western States up towards Alberta. I saw a small handful on my trip, but this one was awfully generous and let me take some pictures. I found her while I was wandering around just after sunrise in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. SOOC Camera Critters Bird Photography Weekly

23 comments:

Janie said...

Great pictures. On our last ride, we scared up several grouse that were hanging out in the spruce trees. I think they were blue grouse, but didn't get a close look.

Martha Z said...

Great shots. We saw some grouse at Olmsted Point in Yosemite, now I need to get out my books and see what kind they are. My shots are not nearly as good as yours.

ChrisJ said...

What great pictures! They are really quite beautiful, if a little plump

Wren said...

Nice series of photos, Jill. I take it that the second one shows the grouse sharing her opinion of being photographed?

Seagull Steve said...

Sick pictures, as always! Ive had a number of close grouse encounters but never seem to have a camera handy....typical.

Nikki-ann said...

Sorry if you get 2 comments from me, but I'm getting error messages when commenting on Blogger blogs at the moment.

I think it enjoyed the photoshoot! Great shots :)

Greyscale Territory said...

Wonderful series of photos! I too loved the second photo which seems to capture one having a lot to say! Quite dramatic!

EG Wow said...

I don't believe I've ever seen a grouse! Cool shots!

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

great shots, your header photo is just too cute

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the Grouse!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Wonderful photos.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

She is adorable and so sweet posing for pics.

gengen said...

It is a cute one...happy SOOC Sunday.

Jan said...

Jill, these are wonderful captures of the grouse.

Ms. Diva said...

Fabulous shots! I have never seen a grouse before!!

Harold Stiver said...

Nice!! I've only ever seen one, up high at Bryce Canyon in Utah.

Well done!!

Andree said...

What a beautiful bird! She is nice and plump and healthy.

Mike B. said...

Great shots- Must have set the tone for the day!

mick said...

Lovely photos and a very interesting bird.

Lana Gramlich said...

Such lovely patterning on those feathers. Kudos for getting these shots!

Larry said...

Nice to be able to get that close to a Dusky Grouse Jill! You got some great photos with exquisite feather detail.

Mel Cole said...

What a nice close up pics of the grousse. Thay are Pennsylvania's state bird.

Mel @ Arty Bluejay

NatureFootstep said...

I do think this bird is a "camer critter" The way it seems ato pose for you. So great. :)

NF Birds BPW