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Last capercaillie shot in the snow, may upload a couple without snow later in the week.

New website almost ready to launch on the world, been a bit delayed, but hopefully by the end of the week or over the weekend.

Not abandoning the Photium site, just making use of a prize from here of a Foliopic site.

Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Strutting his stuff
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:12 Apr 2010 - 4:02 PM
Tags:Capercaiilie, March 2009, Pine forest, Snow, Tetrao urogallus, Wildlife / nature
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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 4:05 PM

Did his strutting get him a mate? I believe they make quite a bit of noise too. Quality image.

Paul

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 4:12 PM

superb again cheryl, top drawer nature photography.
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DEK4
DEK4 Junior Member 5 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 - 4:23 PM

Amazing detail.

Danny

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finepetportraits

A fantastic capture!!

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 4:34 PM

Superb timing!

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alfie99
alfie99  6 Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 5:11 PM

very nice job..aled

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lesarnott
lesarnott  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 5:20 PM

Just superb, well done!

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wideangler
12 Apr 2010 - 6:08 PM

Spot on! Great picture in every way.

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 4WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 6:29 PM

Superb Cheryl and a well timed capture.

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paulrosser
12 Apr 2010 - 7:25 PM

Great shot Cheryl!
Regards,
Paul.

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 7:42 PM

Thanks all.

He's not likely to get a mate, he's what is known as a rogue male.

Edited from an article in the Telegraph, with some of my own text added

The capercaillie weighs in at almost nine pounds, making him a giant of a bird, the largest of the grouse family.

The call is peculiar, but often described as sounding like the plip-plop of large drops of water, followed by the popping of a cork.

The name derives from the Gaelic "capul coillie" (horse of the forest) which is an apt description when you consider his size as against many of the other forest inhabitants.

Unpaired "rogue" males are aggressively territorial. Anything straying within their territory may be attacked, including humans. Hence why this one and others like it, of which there are not many, will display.

The likelyhood of them surviving more than a couple of seasons is remote, since they will literally attack anything which strays in to their environment, so not only humans but dogs and cars. Hence why the expected lifespan of such a rogue is limited.

This encounter really is/was a once in a lifetime photographic opportunity for which I am very grateful that I was trusted to share in the experience.

Last Modified By csurry at 12 Apr 2010 - 7:45 PM

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Vince_S
Vince_S  4 England
12 Apr 2010 - 8:52 PM

Superb image more than happy to make the 30.
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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 9:31 PM

Very interesting info Cheryl - you've got every reason to be very proud on this series - exceptional oppertunity well utelised - Ina

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2010 - 11:31 PM

Excellent Cheryl Smile
Steve

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2010 - 10:20 AM

What a magnificent capture, and Cheryl your write up has helped to understand the bird, you must have been frozen taking these, but so well worth it for us and yourself of course!
His eye has you in his sights and the greens in the feathers...perfect
Lillian

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CathyI e2 Member 9344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2010 - 11:46 AM

A shot that really does justice to what must have been an amazing experience - what a priviledge! I didn't know about the rogues - interesting to learn!

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