Montana Outdoors

November 11, 2008


Filed under: Blue Grouse, Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 11:22 pm



  1. Is it a ghost? No! It’s a grouse! 😀


    Comment by Tabbie — November 12, 2008 @ 12:15 am

  2. Great capture!


    Comment by Patia — November 12, 2008 @ 3:21 am

  3. I must be secretly wishing I could hang around home and do a jigsaw puzzle, I thought that about your previous pic and now this one too! What a challenge this one would be! With that all said, what a great shot!


    Comment by Cedar — November 12, 2008 @ 5:30 am

  4. Hiding in the thickett. Good find.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — November 12, 2008 @ 6:21 am

  5. Tabbie,

    They almost seem like ghosts some times, especially when you see one and focus on it and there are several more right near.


    Comment by montucky — November 12, 2008 @ 9:46 am

  6. Patia,

    Typical Blue. It took about ten minutes of working around to get at least this much of a clear shot. They are masters of their environment.


    Comment by montucky — November 12, 2008 @ 9:48 am

  7. It’s that time of year, Cedar. We’ll have to get out our puzzle board pretty soon too. This one would either be fun or a nightmare.


    Comment by montucky — November 12, 2008 @ 9:49 am

  8. Scienceguy,

    Living in that thick stuff is their survival strategy. They are experts at keeping brush between themselves and you. If for some reason that fails, they will fly, and always keeping themselves on the other side of brush or trees.


    Comment by montucky — November 12, 2008 @ 9:52 am

  9. If you know it’s there, it’s hard to miss it. If you’re not expecting it and aren’t looking carefully, it’s well camouflaged.

    Great photo.



    Comment by knightofswords — November 12, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

  10. Exactly. I can’t count the times when I was focused on one, like this one, which was, because I happened to notice it, obvious, only to have several others right next to it flush while I was totally unprepared. That’s a big reason why there are always lots of grouse around.


    Comment by montucky — November 12, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

  11. Terry:

    Yum! Grouse. During my lookout days, they were my only source of fresh food. The fire control officer lent me his single-shot 22 cal. Winchester. Accurate as hell. Never missed a meal.



    Comment by Chad — November 12, 2008 @ 9:34 pm

  12. They’re still up there, usually just below the look out or over at the base of the peak. I think they were a staple in the diets of those manning the towers, and the best thing is that up at those elevations, they’re blues!


    Comment by montucky — November 12, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

  13. great shot!


    Comment by silken — November 12, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

  14. I’m always happy to see wildlife, but I was also interested in the colors. This was within a mile of the photo in the previous post.


    Comment by montucky — November 13, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  15. Great Grouse photo! They’re not easy to photograph in my experience. I never know they’re there until I flush them and they scare the life out of me!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — November 13, 2008 @ 11:14 am

  16. Yup! Nothing else in the woods that I know of makes so much noise so quickly!


    Comment by montucky — November 13, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

  17. Wow! This is an incredible picture! Cedar’s right that this would make a devilishly difficult, but beautiful, jigsaw puzzle.

    I’m thoroughly impressed that you got such a good and clear shot of it.


    Comment by gradschoolsara — November 18, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

  18. If it isn’t my favorite bird, it’s certainly in the top few. I’ve hunted them for well over 50 years and always get excited when I see one. This time I’m glad I chose to shoot with the camera.


    Comment by montucky — November 18, 2008 @ 4:30 pm

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