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Capercaillie

By csurry  
I know not everyone will like this.

It is the final shot in a progression that I have uploaded over the last 10 months. This is the point where you start to worry about being pecked - OK not too much as the bird looks closer than it actually is when you view through a 300mm. However, when the person the bird likes to head for generally decides to move behind you at this stage you soon learn that now is a good time to move out of the way!

A truly superb photographic experience and if I was never able to repeat it, I would still remember that call and rush of adrenaline as it approached. The snow was just a bonus.

May find one more image to upload before the end of 2010. It has been suggested that it should be a red squirrel - hmm, you never know Grin

Tags: Snow Wildlife and nature Capercaiilie Tetrao urogallus March 2009

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Excellent shot well done

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28 Dec 2010 5:12PM
very nice Smile
Lee
Gezina Plus
9 3 6 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 5:19PM
Magnificent shot - we get the same adrenaline rush with grumpy buffalo's and charging elephants Wink Ina
rontear Plus
12 8 7 England
28 Dec 2010 5:32PM
Superb image Cheryl, you certainly have had a great year all the very best for 2011. Ron.
tomcat Plus
10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 5:44PM
must have been a privilege to be there, never mind the togging.

Adrian
csurry 13 9.2k 92
28 Dec 2010 6:14PM
Thanks all.

Definitely one of those moments that just watching would have been a true privilege. The fact it was in the UK is a double bonus.

Whatever happened to Fish101 Wink I always thought that sounded like a course in being a fish or a fish you did not want to meet Wink Grin
28 Dec 2010 6:21PM
Super, super shot of a lovely bird that we should be proud to have in the UK.
Glostopcat Plus
9 255 2 England
28 Dec 2010 6:29PM
A brilliant shot Cheryl, I don't think i've seen a pic of one on this site before. The detail and clarity in the plumage is most impressive
csurry 13 9.2k 92
28 Dec 2010 6:50PM
You need to check out about 8 months back in my portfolio then Edmund Wink. You can see the earlier shots in this sequence.

Thanks all.

Some plans for both water drops and wildlife for 2011. First though I need to finish off 2010 work!
28 Dec 2010 6:53PM
Fish101 is no more, LOL, A new day has dawned Wink
Lee
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 7:09PM
Cracking image Cheryl
Steve
tomcat Plus
10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2010 7:11PM

Quote:You need to check out about 8 months back in my portfolio then Edmund .


I can only apologise for my errant nephew Smile
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
28 Dec 2010 7:55PM
You should try Stags Cheryl Smile
I like this and even a hint of breath. Great capture
Richard
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
28 Dec 2010 11:55PM
Cracking Image
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2010 5:51AM
A lovely bird and capture.

Happy New Year
Yung
Hi , this is superb , only ever seen them once regards gray.
csurry 13 9.2k 92
29 Dec 2010 10:44AM
Thanks all.

Yet again Stags were not a possibility with work commitments. Maybe next year, but I think time off could be even harder to come by with the current economic climate. Especially after I have four weeks in Scotland before the end of July in two separate blocks of two weeks Grin

Still who knows what 2011 will bring. I would like to dedicate more time to photography but the IT career is what pays the bills!

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