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A full frame (uncropped) capture of a wild male Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), taken in the Cairngorms last week. I rather liked this coy pose.

A huge woodland grouse, the large black males are unmistakable. They spend a lot of time feeding on the ground, but may also be found in trees, feeding on shoots. localised breeding species, found in Scottish native pinewood, a rare and vulnerable habitat, and in commercial conifer plantations. The UK capercaillie population has declined so rapidly that it is at very real risk of extinction (for the second time) and is a 'Red List' species.
Confined to native pinewoods. Occasionally seen from hides at RSPB Abernethy Forest, Loch Garten reserve.
Seen all year round. They feed on berries, shoots and stems.

Description taken from RSPB website.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:5 Mar 2013 - 12:46 PM
Focal Length:700mm taken 31.6m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:The Fan Dancer
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:10 Mar 2013 - 9:48 AM
Tags:Cairngorms, Capercaillie, Fan dancer, Grouse, Male, Posing, Tetrao urogallus, Wild, Wildlife / nature, Woodland
Votes:59

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85835 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2013 - 10:03 AM

You made it in the end, thenWink

Looking forward to loads of images, especially if they are of this standardTongue

Top drawer stuff Sylvia

Adrian

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4137 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
10 Mar 2013 - 11:04 AM

Great shot of this elusive rather shy bird, Sylvia: hope you had the good weather and blue skies we experienced further south.
Ronnie.

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jennialexander
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10 Mar 2013 - 11:12 AM

A Fantastic image of this illusive bird. Your DOF and composition are next to none given the distance from the bird. Love it
Jenni

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Brian_Scott
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10 Mar 2013 - 11:27 AM

Excellent shot Sylvia, hope you had a productive trip
Brian

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AnnChown
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10 Mar 2013 - 11:31 AM

Superb shot Sylvia! I've never seen one, let alone captured one.
Ann

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Greyheron
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10 Mar 2013 - 1:03 PM

Superb Sylvia - looking forward to seeing more from your trip...

Mike

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Bzox
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10 Mar 2013 - 1:56 PM

Extraordinary image, all elements spot-on.

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johnjo58
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10 Mar 2013 - 2:04 PM

Wonderful photo of an amazing bird, I think I know this guy and he tried to take several lumps of me.

David

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Maiwand
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10 Mar 2013 - 2:50 PM

Top quality shot Sylvia. Lovely to catch this unusual pose.
Ron

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chalkhillblue
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10 Mar 2013 - 4:10 PM

Beautifully timed and captured Sylvia, I hope your trip went well and I look forward to seeing more
top quality images from your travels. What a magnificent bird this is.
David

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brownsilent
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10 Mar 2013 - 4:23 PM

Striking shot. Seldom bird, perfectly captured.
Johanna

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WindowonWildlife
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10 Mar 2013 - 7:03 PM

Now that's just Brilliant Sylvia, what a wonderful image Smile

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bricurtis
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10 Mar 2013 - 7:58 PM

Superb image Sylvia - great plane of focus - such a fabulous and different pose too. Love it.

Just noticed. Congrats on the GEA.Smile
Brian.

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JohnoP
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10 Mar 2013 - 10:04 PM

Excellent image - John

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10 Mar 2013 - 10:57 PM

A stunning capture Sylvia and superb pose
Richard
Really looking forward to lots more

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Ray42
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11 Mar 2013 - 6:54 AM

An excellent capture

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BydoR9
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11 Mar 2013 - 9:04 AM

Brilliant capture! Great title too. Smile

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6212 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Mar 2013 - 10:19 AM

Thanks everybody for your generous support of this image, and a special thank you to Ann (AnnChown) for the GEA and to Jenni(JenniAlexander), Ron(Maiwand), Brian(bricurtis), David(chalkhillblue), Martin (pudd64),Keith(Ringyneck) and Richard (MossyOak) for the User Awards. All very much appreciated and highly valued Smile

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PhilSingleton
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11 Mar 2013 - 10:44 AM

Super image Sylvia - Lovely pose, colours and exposure.
Phil.

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11 Mar 2013 - 11:05 AM

Looks you you have made the 'pro' league here Sylvia, pin sharp giving immaculate detail and I like the unusual pose captured here too, top marks all round, congrats on the GEA and the UA's, really well deserved,
Geoff.
PS: This would have got my award too but the option is greyed out for some reason Sad

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11 Mar 2013 - 11:18 AM

Fascinating info to accompany a wonderful image Sylvia.

Trev

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15 Mar 2013 - 8:43 PM

A cracking capture of this capercaillie displaying his tail plumage for all to see. I'm not surprised to see so many people on here are such big fans of your work as you always produce such high quality so consistently

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