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In all his glory ........

By teocali
.....a full frame (uncropped) capture of a wild male (Western) Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), taken near Aviemore in the Cairngorms, Scotland, last week. I felt so privileged to see this magnificent bird in the wild, sadly nearing extinction and on the RSPB Endangered Species Red List.

Many thanks for your generous support of my last upload,with 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

Tags: Scotland Wild Male Western Cairngorms Rare Wildlife and nature Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus RSPB red list

Voters: pluckyfilly, PhillipMinnis, Derek_Fearn and 79 more


pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 10:32AM
Great find and so beautifully taken Sylvia

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DeSilver Plus
12 14 12 England
11 Mar 2013 10:33AM
A stunning shot of this magnificent bird. Very well captured. Smile

almiles 10 38 102 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 10:36AM
Gorgeous profile shot and the diffuse lighting lets the feather colours show up beautifully. I sometimes see them running or cycling through the woods (especially at Abernethy reserve) when getting into position for a sunrise landscape; I don't have the time to stalk the birds! GrinGrin
mossy 6 46 1 England
11 Mar 2013 10:38AM
Outstanding photograph, cant fault this. How gret must it be to be in the precense of this beautiful bird.
NaturesHaven 8 283 6 England
11 Mar 2013 10:39AM
Excellent natural nature image..........nice diffused tones............GrinGrin
Hermanus 7 4 South Africa
11 Mar 2013 10:41AM
What a beauty - the bird as well as the image !! Pin sharp with great clarity and composition !! Excellent !GrinGrin
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
11 Mar 2013 10:48AM
SUPERB shot of this rarely seen bird, Sylvia: full marks to you for it and yesterday's too.
11 Mar 2013 10:50AM
Truely great image Sylvia - Great pose with ruffled plumage, and because he's positioned on a ridge, then sharp foreground and nicely blurred background - WONDERFUL ! Smile
11 Mar 2013 10:57AM
More stunning than what you did yesterday, love it greatly!
FeatherFriend 11 38 217 England
11 Mar 2013 11:18AM
Better than the previous for me Sylvia and that was a cracker, again superb detail and placed just right in the frame, love the heather and such a complimentary BG, couldn't give my UA for the previous but nailed it on this one Wink
Trev_B 12 151 68 England
11 Mar 2013 11:19AM
Simply gorgeous........

Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 11:39AM
Beautiful.... IB
debu 9 India
11 Mar 2013 12:11PM
Superbly captured.
johnjo58 9 2 5 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 12:27PM
One word Sylvia, superb.
11 Mar 2013 12:48PM
Stunning image. Well captured.
11 Mar 2013 12:57PM
Stunning capture. Excellent pose.
11 Mar 2013 1:23PM
Stunning QUALITY Sylvia, superb colours, detail and setting.........Gem of an image Smile
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
11 Mar 2013 2:12PM
This is an utterly fabulous shot Sylvia. Such a superb exposure and composition. I am green with envy.!GrinGrinGrinSmileSmileSmileTongueTongueTongueTongue
Sorry I cant make it a double but award has gone.SadSadSad
Congrats on the well deserved awards you do have.
MossyOak 7 22 15 England
11 Mar 2013 3:01PM
This certainly ticks all the boxes for me Sylvia. Exposure is spot on as is the side on angle and detail.
It certainly deserves more awards
LeeFisher 10 59 8 England
11 Mar 2013 3:05PM
superb image Sylvia. Really like this one Smile
MalcolmM Plus
14 1.3k 5 Scotland
11 Mar 2013 3:06PM
chalkhillblue 11 164 2 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 4:22PM
I think it has all been said Sylvia, superb photography.
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 5:32PM
Top drawer Sylvia

Niknut Plus
9 2.3k 80 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 5:33PM
Impressive shot !!!!......worthy of all the awards !!
dave1967 8 4 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 6:18PM
Quality shot
Shane136 16 63 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 6:35PM
Wow factor, pin sharp

11 Mar 2013 6:42PM
Excellent composition and stunning detail!
AnnChown Plus
9 207 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 7:46PM
Absolutely incredible and so worthy of all the awards - have another to add to your collection! Very well done - I'm envious! Smile
11 Mar 2013 8:20PM
Glorious photograph ,beautiful composition,best Capercaille image i have seen.
11 Mar 2013 8:56PM
Another superb Image, Well deserving of all the awards. Have another from me.
craggwildlifephotography Junior Member 11 137 1 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 10:26PM
excellent capture

rogerdoger 8 16
12 Mar 2013 1:15AM
Fantastic Shot. A magnificent bird.
ColleenA Plus
7 440 6 Australia
12 Mar 2013 3:11AM
A superb image of the highest quality and a magnificent bird
Ray42 11 3 England
12 Mar 2013 7:29AM

Quote:Better than the previous for me Sylvia and that was a cracker, again superb detail and placed just right in the frame, love the heather and such a complimentary BG, couldn't give my UA for the previous but nailed it on this one Wink

I quite agree - and all the awards are well deserved - have another
Norfolkboy 13 1 4 England
12 Mar 2013 11:34PM
This image is fully deserving of all the awards received, Sylvia.
Indeed this is an image to be truly proud of.
Unfortunately I can't add to your award collection as I have already voted,
but i'm sure you won't mindWink.
13 Mar 2013 11:46PM
I've never even seen or heard one in the wild, never mind photographed one. This is superb and so rare.
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
15 Mar 2013 8:41PM
A stunning shot of this rarebird, you've taken your wildlife photography to another level recently and you'd have had another user award from me were i not on holiday last week

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