Red Grouse Silhouette
Red Grouse Silhouette, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park.
Silhouette of a red grouse against a vibrant sunset sky. This was one of the trickiest images to achieve during my project, as the grouse always seemed to choose either a distracting perch or they would tuck themselves right down into the vegetation when the light was just right. I eventually got a break when Famous chose this nice clear rock as a calling post at the end of a beautiful afternoon. This image was 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 some of the grouse got so used to my presence they ignored me and got on with their day allowing me to capture much more natural behaviour.
Red Grouse Silhouette – About Red Grouse:
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.
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