Relative of the willow grouse, found in the northern boreal forests, red grouse are found on open moorland in the upland areas of the British Isles. Highly competitive birds, the males compete primarily for areas of moorland rich in heather and bilberry bushes, ideal sites in which the female will produce a nest scrape for her eggs.
Many of the images in this gallery were taken during my long term red grouse project where I spent several months photographing red grouse as they warmed up to the breeding season. Grouse are often very flighty and nervous, but after spending so much time with the same birds, many of the grouse got so used to my presence they completely ignored me and got on with their day, allowing me to capture their natural behaviour and a range of unusual images.
Join me for a Red Grouse Photography Workshop to see these iconic upland birds on the stunning moorlands of the Peak District National Park.
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