While hiking at the Newcombe Visitors Interpretive Center, I came upon this female ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) and her chicks. The chicks quickly vanished and the female ran directly at me flapping her wings and hissing surprisingly loud in an effort to distract me from the chicks. It all happened in a matter of seconds and she got so close that I was only able to get a couple head shots off before she disappeared into the the underbrush. I marvel at the intricate details and patterns of nature.
Adirondack Park, New York
Canon EOS 50D
Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS + 2x teleconverter
Canon EX580 speedlight