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The Fan Dancer

By teocali
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.

Tags: Posing Wild Male Woodland Cairngorms Grouse Wildlife and nature Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus Fan dancer

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tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2013 10:03AM
You made it in the end, thenWink

Looking forward to loads of images, especially if they are of this standardTongue

Top drawer stuff Sylvia


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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
10 Mar 2013 11:04AM
Great shot of this elusive rather shy bird, Sylvia: hope you had the good weather and blue skies we experienced further south.
10 Mar 2013 11:12AM
A Fantastic image of this illusive bird. Your DOF and composition are next to none given the distance from the bird. Love it
Brian_Scott 8 42 27 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2013 11:27AM
Excellent shot Sylvia, hope you had a productive trip
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2013 11:31AM
Superb shot Sylvia! I've never seen one, let alone captured one.
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
10 Mar 2013 1:03PM
Superb Sylvia - looking forward to seeing more from your trip...

Bzox Plus
5 2 Bosnia And Herzegovina
10 Mar 2013 1:56PM
Extraordinary image, all elements spot-on.
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2013 2:04PM
Wonderful photo of an amazing bird, I think I know this guy and he tried to take several lumps of me.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
10 Mar 2013 2:50PM
Top quality shot Sylvia. Lovely to catch this unusual pose.
10 Mar 2013 4:10PM
Beautifully timed and captured Sylvia, I hope your trip went well and I look forward to seeing more
top quality images from your travels. What a magnificent bird this is.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
10 Mar 2013 4:23PM
Striking shot. Seldom bird, perfectly captured.
10 Mar 2013 7:03PM
Now that's just Brilliant Sylvia, what a wonderful image Smile
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
10 Mar 2013 7:58PM
Superb image Sylvia - great plane of focus - such a fabulous and different pose too. Love it.

Just noticed. Congrats on the GEA.Smile
JohnoP 12 2
10 Mar 2013 10:04PM
Excellent image - John
MossyOak 6 22 15 England
10 Mar 2013 10:57PM
A stunning capture Sylvia and superb pose
Really looking forward to lots more
Ray42 10 3 England
11 Mar 2013 6:54AM
An excellent capture
BydoR9 7 9 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 9:04AM
Brilliant capture! Great title too. Smile
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
11 Mar 2013 10:19AM
Thanks everybody for your generous support of this image, and a special thank you to Ann (AnnChown) for the GEA and to Jenni(JenniAlexander), Ron(Maiwand), Brian(bricurtis), David(chalkhillblue), Martin (pudd64),Keith(Ringyneck) and Richard (MossyOak) for the User Awards. All very much appreciated and highly valued Smile
11 Mar 2013 10:44AM
Super image Sylvia - Lovely pose, colours and exposure.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
11 Mar 2013 11:05AM
Looks you you have made the 'pro' league here Sylvia, pin sharp giving immaculate detail and I like the unusual pose captured here too, top marks all round, congrats on the GEA and the UA's, really well deserved,
PS: This would have got my award too but the option is greyed out for some reason Sad
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
11 Mar 2013 11:18AM
Fascinating info to accompany a wonderful image Sylvia.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
15 Mar 2013 8:43PM
A cracking capture of this capercaillie displaying his tail plumage for all to see. I'm not surprised to see so many people on here are such big fans of your work as you always produce such high quality so consistently

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