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Female Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

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Little more than a record shot really, as taken from 44.9m away and heavily cropped in, this image of a wild Female Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus) just illustrates the incredible camouflage of the bird in its natural habitat of heather moorlands. There seemed to be a number of males around, with their red crests, but this was the only female I spotted, perhaps because they blended so well into their surroundings in the Cairngorms National Park.

My thanks to you all for the great support of my last upload - always very much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:8 Mar 2013 - 11:55 AM
Focal Length:700mm taken 44.9m from subject, tripod
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1250sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual

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johnjo58
johnjo58  5 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 5:11 PM

Great record shot SYlvia, it does highlight the amazing camouflage
David

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gary_d
gary_d Plus Member 7576 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 5:41 PM

Still a great image all considered, you did awfully well to spot it. - gary

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MossyOak
MossyOak  3 England15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 5:44 PM

You did so well to spot this one Sylvia.
Another great natural image showing fine detail and environment
Richard

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tomcat
tomcat Plus Member 96361 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 6:35 PM

You did well galWink

Adrian

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Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 6:46 PM

Another wonderful capture Sylvia. You did so well to spot the bird let alone produce such a fine shot.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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richmowil
richmowil Plus Member 6307 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 6:52 PM

Nice image I like it a lot!!

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 7:11 PM

It is so well camouflaged, it's a wonder you were able to see it and esp. at distance away: so very well captured indeed, Sylvia.
Ronnie.

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mauriceegan
19 Mar 2013 - 7:50 PM

Wonderful image Sylvia and you have really shown how effective the camouflage of this bird is, excellent work
Maurice

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Norfolkboy
19 Mar 2013 - 8:32 PM

Superb capture, Sylvia.
Fantastic camouflage, a friend and I are considering a trip up
north in the summer and these will be high on the list.
Colin

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Glostopcat
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19 Mar 2013 - 8:32 PM

A terrific long range shot showing us how well this game bird blends in with its natural environment

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bricurtis
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19 Mar 2013 - 8:59 PM

Well worth a showing Sylvia - a lovely natural habitat image.
Brian.

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly Plus Member 9343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 9:19 PM

Well camouflaged but still a great shot

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Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2013 - 10:04 PM

Another lovely detailed shot Sylvia
and must say very well spotted in the heathers
almost matching colours
Lillian

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FeatherFriend
19 Mar 2013 - 10:53 PM

A good record shot Sylvia, as you say very difficult circumstances, you did very well indeed, I like it Wink
Geoff.

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Ray42
Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2013 - 6:39 AM

I like it - the camouflage is something - well spotted and taken

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue Plus Member 6146 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
21 Mar 2013 - 8:41 PM

A fine record image, shows a lot about the powers of camouflage, imagine her laid on the nest in the heather.
David

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