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fool's hen

i have seen lots of grouse before but never really had a chance to photograph one. this female blue grouse was spotted wandering along the roadside on our way down the mountain yesterday. when i got out to check her out she made for the roadside bushes but then quickly came back out and continued her wander, evidently quite secure in her camoflage (thus the moniker, 'fool's hen'). she also had at least three chicks with her, which despite my best efforts listening to their peeps, i didn't see until they flushed from their cover, so no photos of them.

 

fog and swell: bird nerd

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Taken on July 21, 2012