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    The ruffed grouse: woodsy game bird known for "drumming" with its wings while perched on logs in the springtime. Got these in late November. ~Ken

    E-5, 300/2.8, hand-held & braced, cropped.
    On branch: ISO 400, F 3.5, 1/320"
    Head crop: ISO 500, F 4.5, 1/1250"
    Striding in golden light: ISO 500, F 3.2, 1/1250"

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    Very Audubon. Beautiful shots all-round.
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    Beautiful work Ken!
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    All outstanding ken. I'm torn between "head crop" and "branch" for the pick of the litter.
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    Those are awesome Ken.. that is one tough bird to get out in the open... I have kicked out a few from thick pines but only once did I see one on the ground
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    Nice work Ken,

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    Thanks, everyone, for the positive and encouraging remarks!
    David, Actually, I haven't had time to pursue any calibration, etc. and am pretty much guessing on the adjustment, but it helps to know that what I chose for brightness is about right.
    I should have mentioned that the striding grouse in "golden light" is pretty tight in the frame, because I had no more room at left or bottom and had to crop accordingly.
    Best Wishes to all. ~Ken

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    I like that 1st one on the log.

    Reminds me of a few years ago when I hiked up a local mountain near my house. As I was walking up a not-so-well maintained trail, a grouse with about 5 chicks appeared up the trail from me.

    The mother grouse went into her "I have a broken wing, follow me along this log and forget about my chicks" routine. I was bummed I didn't have my camera out, as the hen hopped along the log with one wing slanted out to look broken, leading me away from the chicks.

    It was a pretty neat experience way up in the woods where the only sound I could hear was the hen clucking a bit to make sure I kept my eyes on her.
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    Excellent shots. All are good, but I vote for #2. the head shot in the grass is super.
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    Thanks, Steven!

    IDlookout: Thanks! An experience such as the one you related is special and memorable. And it shows how very smart some of these creatures are in their wild ways. ~Ken

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    It was pretty neat, but I have an even better story.

    One summer about 10 years ago I was driving up in the mountains near my house, i think I had a '93 Ford Explorer at the time, and i was a bee-boppin' down into a valley far away from any signs of civilization, when a Blue Grouse Hen stepped into the middle of the road. The Blues are pretty large around here (northern Idaho).

    I came to a stop as she stood in the middle of the road about 10 feet from my truck. I turned my truck off.

    I heard her chirp into the brush through my open window, and here came a little chick, shooting across the road to the other side while the Hen was standing guard.

    One after another, they bolted across the road one at a time while she paced back and forth, keeping my Explorer blocked. There were probably 8 or so.

    After the last one made it across, she turned, looked at me, gave me a chirp and followed them into the brush.

    I sat there for a while laughing, and then realized that my OM-2n with my 200mmf4 was sitting there on the seat ready to go and I didn't get ONE picture of it.

    Undoubtedly the most interesting thing I've seen up there.


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    Thanks, Steven!

    IDlookout: Thanks! An experience such as the one you related is special and memorable. And it shows how very smart some of these creatures are in their wild ways. ~Ken
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    I could not pick out a favorite - they're all so detailed and (to me) the color looks spot on. I have learned more bird identities by seeing your (and other's) beautiful shots on this forum. What a treat!
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    IDlookout --Experiences like that really stay with one for years, even without the photo to help recall it. Great. ~Ken

    Diana, And thanks to you once again; appreciate the comment. ~Ken

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