Fool Hen

Spruce Grouse

Image EXIF Data

  • Date Taken: 31 Aug 2014, 13:44:09
  • Camera: NIKON D7000
  • Focal Length: 400
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter Speed: 1/800 second
Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

I had no idea Canada had things like this; I’m more used to the idea of grouse living in the highlands of Scotland or similar, being shot at by inbred members of the aristocracy…

This splendid chap is a Spruce Grouse (Falcipennis canadensis); according to my bird book, it is also known as the Fool Hen, due to its habit of allowing people to get extremely close before it beats a retreat.

I can vouch for the accuracy of the book, although I didn’t get *too* close, to avoid distressing the fellow…

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