Friday, October 23, 2009

Ruffed Grouse...


Keeping with what I have been trying to post lately and not post all Elk photos I will end the week with the Ruffed Grouse. It has been difficult to come up with other photos lately with nothing working out as planned. Last weekend my family and I had reservations at the Shenandoah National forest, we were hoping to photograph the fall colors and some whitetail deer. With the weather that trip got scraped. I do not have another free weekend to try it again until the middle of December. I tried going for a drive around here over the weekend but it was just raining to hard to get out of the truck with the camera. On Monday I set out again in search of wildlife and fall colors, my destination Kings Gap State Park. Well no wildlife and nothing in me was creative. I did take a few photographs but nothing I could really say I liked. I really want to get some good fall color shots I just keep coming up empty.

I took these photos while in Benezette photographing the rut. One late morning Willard asked If I wanted to go for a ride and see a few things I had never seen before. We headed to Driftwood to see the Civil War monument, a stop along the way to see where Tom Mix was born and then up the Mason Hill Road for the view. On the way back down the road we came across this Ruffed Grouse standing on the dirt road. I had not seen a grouse in years and had never photographed one. It was a little dark so I had to bump up the ISO and hand hold the camera so they didn't turn out the way I would have hoped they would. All in all I am just glad I got to see one.

For those of you that do not know this is Pa.'s state bird. To learn more about this pretty bird click the Ruffed Grouse.

4 comments:

Sparky said...

This is the state bird of PA. I think the last one I seen of these was when I was a young kid. Now I'm just an old kid. Great shots Brad. Good work...

Marci said...

Very nice photos!
I've always wanted to see where Tom Mix was born, but we can't find it. I don't think the signs are there anymore.
In response to the comment you left on my blog....I thought you would have hit "peak leaf" time when you went to Benezette, but they seem to be changing later this year. I hope we can see some nice leaves when we go up. The forecast looks like rain for most of our stay. That's not unusual, it always rains when we go there.

Coy said...

How cool, Willard should take up Grouse photography guiding :) The only grouse images I have gotten to date was while he was taking me a ride around the elk range last year.

sfriel said...

Brad
Sorry I haven't viewed your blog lately. I've been busy shooting wood ducks in OH. Some how your link on my blog got removed. I've added the link back on.
Great shots by way!

Steve