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.
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