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Taken last March.

One of, if not the best photographic experiences I have had the pleasure to participate in. I have to say that the encounter with this magnificient bird was almost spiritual.

Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:300mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Capercaillie
Username:csurry csurry
Uploaded:27 Mar 2010 - 10:35 AM
Tags:Capercaiilie, March 2009, Pine forest, Snow, Tetrao urogallus, Wildlife / nature
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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 10:38 AM

The last time I had an encounter with one of these it was painful. Aggressive things.
Cracking capture Cheryl and a great timed shot
Richard

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Brian_Scott
Brian_Scott e2 Member 542 forum postsBrian_Scott vcard United Kingdom27 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 10:39 AM

Love the snow flying off the Grouse's tail feathers. Must be viewed Large!!

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 10:43 AM

Wonderful take.

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Wilmot
Wilmot  6338 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 10:48 AM

Excellent shot Cheryl,I have always wanted to capture one
Steve

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ImageProducer
27 Mar 2010 - 1:18 PM

wonderful timing,i guess he is calling ? super detail and great colours.

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JouŠo
JouŠo e2 Member 1056 forum postsJouŠo vcard Finland
27 Mar 2010 - 1:44 PM

ukkomehto soitimellahan se siinä Wink

Jouko

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 1:52 PM

Big and powerful birds, magnificent image Cheryl. Ron.

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 3:02 PM

superb image cheryl,really like this one.
fish

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 4:09 PM

Thanks all.

Have a few others, including some different looks entirely, especially those without snow. Will upload another some time soon.

No idea what Jouco is saying, I may need a translator.

Last Modified By csurry at 27 Mar 2010 - 4:09 PM

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 4:11 PM

Large is a must!
what a wonderfully well timed shot,
details perfectly there ..extremly superior shot
Lillian

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 4:32 PM

Fabulous capture Cheryl

Jon

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 5:28 PM

Definately worth a view large.

Paul

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 7:31 PM

Thanks all.

Looks like I should get to take some photos tomorrow, the first shots since returning from Scotland in mid-Feb.

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Vince_S
Vince_S  4 England
27 Mar 2010 - 8:52 PM

Stunning image
Vince

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fatmod
fatmod  8 England
27 Mar 2010 - 9:35 PM

superb

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Mar 2010 - 10:22 PM

A superb image with superb detail and colours
Alexa

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2010 - 7:38 AM

Thanks all.

Thanks Vince_S for the UA, most apprecaited.

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 1:52 AM

Been back for another look, just love this shot,
fish

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csurry
csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 8:10 AM

Thanks Fish for the UA.

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Platchet
Platchet  7 Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2010 - 8:46 PM

Remarkable image.
Gary

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
10 Apr 2010 - 10:24 AM

A black bird against white snow is a bit of a nightmare to expose but you've done a great job, here, holding detail at both ends of the histogram.

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CathyI e2 Member 10344 forum postsCathyI vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Apr 2010 - 12:08 PM

Playing catch-up and looking through a range of images at once rather than over time as they are uploaded can be very interesting sometimes - this is one of those cases! It's evident that the experience with the capercaillie made a big impression on you and I love how you've realised this in the various ways you've portrayed him! I also know exactly where you're coming from on the "to analyse or not to analyse" front... Smile

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