Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ruffed grouse

Ruffed grouse in Quaking aspen tree, Fairbanks, Alaska
Canon 1Ds Mark III, 500mm f4.0L IS with 2x extender (1000mm), 1/400 sec @ f8.0, ISO 640

While working in my office one day I glanced out the window and saw wings fluttering in the surrounding Aspen trees. It turned out to be a Ruffed grouse, feeding in the winter sunlight. Spruce grouse are far more common in the forested hills around Fairbanks, but there is a healthy population of Ruffed grouse as well. I quickly grabbed my camera and slipped out the door quietly and grabbed a few shots. This is a crop from a 1000mm frame.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The photos are lovely. Thanks for posting the stats for it. I like to know.