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Sharp Tailed Grouse by Leslie van de Ligt

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Sharp-tailed Grouse

This female has been such a pleasure to watch the last couple of weeks as she bustles about with her chicks. They are fleet footed and keep to the tall grasses but it seems to my count that there are about 10. Sharp Tails are the Provincial Bird in Saskatchewan.

(Genus, species: Tympanuchus phasianellus)

The sharp-tailed grouse are one of the larger grouse. They have sharp pointed tails which stick straight up when the birds are displaying. They are often mistaken for their cousin, the prairie chicken.

One of the more interesting details of the sharp-tailed grouse relates to their courting rituals. The males gather on a group breeding ground called a lek and show off (or display) for the females.

When displaying, the males point their tails up, spread their wings, hold their heads low, and stamp their feet in a sort of stutter-dance that looks a lot like an airplane trying to take off. The males of a community all dance at the same time as a part of their battle over territory and to impress females.

First Nations people call the sharp-tailed grouse the “fire bird” because their habitat was kept open by fires that killed trees and shrubs.

Just off a small road
Regina, Saskatchewan Canada

Canon Rebel XSI, Lens Canon 100mm – 400mm

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    What a lovely little lady! Beautiful capture and very interesting info, too, Leslie!

  • Thanks so very Much Mike. Your words and support mean a lot. The fave is appreciated as well. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Nice capture…so nice to see Leslie…enjoyed the read BTW!!!!

  • Thank you so very much for the kind words, wonderful banner and fave Larry. Greatly appreciated!! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Leslie!! Very interesting read too!!

  • Thank you for stopping in and leaving such a lovely comment Blair. She was lovely and hard to see at times LOL :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Great shot,…I see you use 100mm-400mm Lens,….Just a fabulous capture,…

  • Thanks John. Yes and I have great success with it. A gift from my husband as he watched me many times strive for closer shots of the creatures I wanted to get in my lens. Thanks for the fave as well my friend. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for the banner and accepting this in the Group Ray. Appreciated :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    A terrific capture Leslie. I’d love to see the males doing their couting rituals. All you have to do now is get out there and hide in the grass untill they do it. LOL. Hugs

  • Thanks Al. Hide in the grass eh… when so much of it is not too tall and I am not all that small that could be a feat all in itself LOL :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    14 September 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Thank you for the Terrific Banner and accepting this into the Group :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Many Thanks for the Feature and Wonderful banner Trish. Greatly appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 3 years ago

    Beautiful Bird,,,great close-up of it,,,,, Rick

  • Many thanks Rick she was something to watch and very fleet footed. I appreciate the visit. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • nastruck
    nastruckover 3 years ago

    Way cool Leslie! Your pretty good with that close up stuff…. ;-)

  • Harold thank you for this terrific comment my friend :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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