Monday, June 8, 2009

A Drumming Ruffed Grouse - Watery Wednesday

Greetings from Sheridan, Wyoming

A few days ago I had some work to do just south of Shoshone National Forest so I camped in the forest and spent most of a day birding/sleeping/reading/photographing at a lake in the forest. Lots of rain came through in the early afternoon so it took me about 3 hours just to see 10 species of birds. It was very quiet and the lake was completely devoid of birds. As it got into the evening hours the birds started to show up and I had Common Merganser and Ring-necked Duck on the lake. I was also able to watch an Osprey make an unsuccessful then a successful dive for a fish. I also had a Mountain Chickadee come within 3 feet of me. The Mountain Chickadees are very curious birds. As I was getting ready for sunset to photograph the lake I heard a Ruffed Grouse "drumming". I hiked up the trail to try to find it and eventually was able to watch it "drumming" and preening for about 10 minutes before it moved farther into the forest. "Drumming" is when a Ruffed Grouse flaps its wings to make a noise that sounds like drums to attract a mate.

Follow this link to watch one at it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_lkj9SRTEI&feature=related



If I turned around from this spot on the lake I could almost see the Ruffed Grouse.

Now I am in the Bighorn Mountains and have been snowed on for the past two days. Many pics of this beautiful mountain range are to come.

A scenic creek in the Snowy Range.

21 comments:

Kelly said...

...you are having an incredible adventure. It's fun to read about it.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow! I say this a lot about your photos but it doesn't make it any less true. These are beautiful! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time even with the rain.

ewok1993 said...

Simply stunning.

Kathy said...

Beautiful picuters Eric. I really love the second one.

James said...

Awesome pictures! The second one is really interesting to look at.

Dagrun said...

(You used long shutterspeed on the last one, did you?) Beautiful shot, looks like a wild and interesting place.

Denise said...

These are incredible photos, just love that scenery and I enjoyed the video, thank you.

VALKYRIEN said...

I adore these shots with long shutterspeed! They make waterfalls look like cream or something much more fluffy than water!
Beautiful!

Guy D said...

Excellent photos, the second one is my favourite.

Cheers
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Carletta said...

I always love your photography!
Your water shots are incredible.
I get an Ansel Adams feel with your first shot. :)

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

BPOTW said...

What a wonderful set of photos!

Tammie Lee said...

Wonderful post, photos and sounds as though you had a great time out there!

Ebie said...

I agree with everyone giving all the praises!

Regina said...

Awesome shots as always!

hip chick said...

I love that last photo.

Kendris said...

Beautiful shots! I wish my job had that kind of scenery!!

Arija said...

Your second shot is just wonderful!!! What a great place to spend time in, even when it rains.

storyteller said...

What beautiful photos illustrating your experiences! Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,

Amanda Guthrie said...

The snow would get me but the rest of the adventure would be a blast, can wait to see the future shots of the Bighorn mountains!

srp said...

There is a surreal aspect of a completely still lake... even more so when the picture is in black and white. You inspire me to do more black and white photography. And to top it off, the water is beautiful!

EcoRover said...

I'm pretty sure Thoreau had ruffed grouse in mind when he wrote about marching to the beat of a different drummer.