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Ruffed Grouse

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 13 June 2019 in Animal & Insect.

I heard a crashing in the brush and a whir of wings. I decided it was a clumsy bird. Moments later this character sort of flopped down on the trail in front of me and started pecking at the gravel. It seemed not at all bothered by my presence. After a while, it plunged into the brush along side the trail and paralleled me as I walked on. I could hear it crashing through the brush and talking (sort of a cooing sound). Kind of cool actually.

Mima Falls Trail
Thurston County, WA, USA

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Un fort bel oiseau avec une jolie petite huppe.
Bonne journée Steve

13 Jun 2019 6:43am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

It's a beautiful meeting like the ones that are unexpected. I know other birds of this breed that I have seen in Scotland but a little different though. A good surprise for you and us this meeting

13 Jun 2019 7:01am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


13 Jun 2019 7:18am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Looks beautiful!

13 Jun 2019 7:31am

Anne from France


13 Jun 2019 7:40am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle prise

13 Jun 2019 8:51am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

...You have a new friend ...! Superb capture .

13 Jun 2019 9:37am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A very rough looking grouse Steve. Great shot.

13 Jun 2019 11:04am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great looking !

13 Jun 2019 11:31am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Eye-catching plumage under beautiful light!!

13 Jun 2019 11:53am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Superbe specimen

13 Jun 2019 12:04pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

like a Dino

13 Jun 2019 12:05pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

What a fun experience that must have been. Cool bird.

13 Jun 2019 2:16pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the feather patterns

13 Jun 2019 2:28pm

willy from Belgium

une belle capture Steve


13 Jun 2019 5:42pm

omid from mashhad, Iran


13 Jun 2019 7:02pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

it's nearly hidden

13 Jun 2019 7:18pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Such a beautiful bird! I love his colors! He just seems to be happy that you are there!

14 Jun 2019 2:03am

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Excellent light and detail.

14 Jun 2019 3:46am

Diana from Olympia, United States

Friendly companionship

14 Jun 2019 11:34pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

So not big on stealth then... clearly not worried about predators!

18 Jun 2019 8:21pm