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Female Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

By teocali
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

Tags: Wild Female Camouflage Heather Moorland Gamebird Red grouse Wildlife and nature Lochindorb Cairngorms national park Lagopus lagopus

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johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 5:11PM
Great record shot SYlvia, it does highlight the amazing camouflage

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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
19 Mar 2013 5:41PM
Still a great image all considered, you did awfully well to spot it. - gary
MossyOak 6 22 15 England
19 Mar 2013 5:44PM
You did so well to spot this one Sylvia.
Another great natural image showing fine detail and environment
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 6:35PM
You did well galWink

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
19 Mar 2013 6:46PM
Another wonderful capture Sylvia. You did so well to spot the bird let alone produce such a fine shot.GrinGrinGrin
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
19 Mar 2013 6:52PM
Nice image I like it a lot!!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
19 Mar 2013 7:11PM
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.
19 Mar 2013 7:50PM
Wonderful image Sylvia and you have really shown how effective the camouflage of this bird is, excellent work
Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
19 Mar 2013 8:32PM
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.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
19 Mar 2013 8:32PM
A terrific long range shot showing us how well this game bird blends in with its natural environment
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
19 Mar 2013 8:59PM
Well worth a showing Sylvia - a lovely natural habitat image.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 9:19PM
Well camouflaged but still a great shot
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2013 10:04PM
Another lovely detailed shot Sylvia
and must say very well spotted in the heathers
almost matching colours
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
19 Mar 2013 10:53PM
A good record shot Sylvia, as you say very difficult circumstances, you did very well indeed, I like it Wink
Ray42 10 3 England
20 Mar 2013 6:39AM
I like it - the camouflage is something - well spotted and taken
21 Mar 2013 8:41PM
A fine record image, shows a lot about the powers of camouflage, imagine her laid on the nest in the heather.

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