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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.
Did his strutting get him a mate? I believe they make quite a bit of noise too. Quality image.
superb again cheryl, top drawer nature photography.
A fantastic capture!!
very nice job..aled
Just superb, well done!
Spot on! Great picture in every way.
Superb Cheryl and a well timed capture.
Great shot Cheryl!
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.
Superb image more than happy to make the 30.
Very interesting info Cheryl - you've got every reason to be very proud on this series - exceptional oppertunity well utelised - Ina
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
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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