And A Partridge in a Elm Tree by Leslie van de Ligt

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This beautiful Ruffed Grouse came into the feeder for his regular afternoon feed only to find that our new kitty was out at that back. Of course she saw him and couldn’t believe her eyes. She sat and watched as he contentedly ate his fill of seeds and then suddenly decided to take him on. Of course he simply flew up and nestled in the tree above him until she walked away wondering where he had got to. Them he glided down and calmly walked away on his regular path.

*The Ruffed Grouse is frequently referred to as a “partridge”. This is technically wrong—partridges are unrelated phasianids, and in hunting may lead to confusion with the Grey Partridge, it is a bird of woodlands

Ruffed Grouse have two distinct morphs, grey and brown. In the grey morph, the head, neck and back are grey-brown; the breast is light with barring. There is much white on the underside and flanks, and overall the birds have a variegated appearance; the throat is often distinctly lighter. The tail is essentially the same brownish grey, with regular barring and a broad black band near the end (“subterminal”). Brown-morph birds have tails of the same color and pattern, but the rest of the plumage is much browner, giving the appearance of a more uniform bird with less light plumage below and a conspicuously grey tail. There are all sorts of intergrades between the most typical morphs; warmer and more humid conditions favor browner birds in general.

The ruffs are on the sides of the neck in both genders. They also have a crest on top of their head, which sometimes lies flat. Both sexes are similarly marked and sized, making them difficult to tell apart, even in hand. The female often has a broken subterminal tail band, while males often have unbroken tail bands. Another fairly accurate sign is that rump feathers with a single white dot indicate a female; rump feathers with more than one white dot indicate a male.*

Taken on The ACREAGE in Sherwood Park, Alberta,Canada

Canon XSI Canon 55mm-400mm

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

    Awesome detailed capture Leslie…Nice catch with your new lens BTW…Enjoyed the read as their feathering…inst fave BTW!!!

  • Thank you so very much Larry. I am so loving this new lens. Finally I am getting shots that get in close to my subject for details. The fave is greatly appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    What a beautiful capture, Leslie! And a very interesting read, too. Thanks for the info.
    And ain’t they big lenses just the cat’s p.j.’s? (Love my Bigma 170 to 500!)

  • Mike thanks very much. Yes they sure are and I am just starting to learn. I can’t wait till I learn the ins and outs of this big Guy.:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    LOL! You should try it with a “doubler”! Makes mine a 340 to 1000 in 35 mm format or 510 to 1500 in digital equivalent. Tripod mandatory! :o)

  • Sounds like I’d need a trusted companion to do the lugging it around job Mike! The bribe fees would probably be outrageous :>))

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 4 years ago

    Wow great capture Leslie! We don;t see these around here, so thanks for sharing this with us!

  • Thank you so very much Robin.Your kind comments are so appreciated. We are so very lucky on the acreage. We sit at the dining room table and watch the deer, grouse and local birds come to us. Problem is John’s projects are everywhere but home, so we miss everything…..until hhe retires that is :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capature. The feather detail is wonderful.

  • Your comment is so appreciated Carol. Thank you very much.:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseabout 4 years ago

    Quite a stunning fowl!!! Beautiful capture dear Leslie……

  • I thank you so very much for your very kind words Rosie! I appreciate them very much dear friend!! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 4 years ago

    Oh sis, this is SO beautiful. This is what broke our window, so I’d be nervous, lol.
    You are going to love that lens sis,,,,,,way to go!!!

  • Sheesh lets not go there Sis, we don’t need a broken balcony door!! Thank you for your generous Comment. I really appreciate it!I can’t wait to get out and do more shooting with this new lens! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 4 years ago

  • Pops, thank you so very much. I’m thrilled to receive this Feature. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 4 years ago

    Nice shot Leslie. it seems like I’ve heard that title before, nearly. LOL. Congrats on the fearure.

  • Al, I thank you very much. I love your comments. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    20 January 2011 … one image a day

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