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harrattp 9 11 4 England
12 Apr 2010 4:05PM
Did his strutting get him a mate? I believe they make quite a bit of noise too. Quality image.

Paul

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LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
12 Apr 2010 4:12PM
superb again cheryl, top drawer nature photography.
fish.
DEK4 7 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 4:23PM
Amazing detail.

Danny
A fantastic capture!!
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 4:34PM
Superb timing!
alfie99 8 1 Wales
12 Apr 2010 5:11PM
very nice job..aled
lesarnott 6 11 2 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 5:20PM
Just superb, well done!
12 Apr 2010 6:08PM
Spot on! Great picture in every way.
12 Apr 2010 6:29PM
Superb Cheryl and a well timed capture.
paulrosser 7 22 Wales
12 Apr 2010 7:25PM
Great shot Cheryl!
Regards,
Paul.
csurry 14 9.2k 92
12 Apr 2010 7:42PM
Thanks all.

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.
Vince_S 6 10 England
12 Apr 2010 8:52PM
Superb image more than happy to make the 30.
vince
Gezina 9 3 6 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 9:31PM
Very interesting info Cheryl - you've got every reason to be very proud on this series - exceptional oppertunity well utelised - Ina
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2010 11:31PM
Excellent Cheryl Smile
Steve
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2010 10:20AM
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
Lillian
CathyI 11 344 3 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2010 11:46AM
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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