I'd heard about Black Grouse and the breeding Lek many times and seen snippets on the TV, and of course I could immerse myself in the well documented display, any time just by looking at You Tube, but it's just not the same as seeing it first hand. By chance I was looking for a couple of days away and came across a mention (Twitter) of Black Grouse on the Glen Tanar Estate, along with the availability of hides.
|Black grouse in the greyness of early dawn|
|Female grouse stirs up the males|
|Males strut their stuff.|
The rain also tapped on the roof, and dripped through the many holes, but I was mesmerised by the peculiar noises, almost like little pressure valves going off which I realised was the grouse. They were here! Unfortunately the light wasn't. The greyness saw me ramp up the ISO as high as I could and I still couldn't achieve a realistic shutter speed.
|Shake a tail feather!|
|Oh for light and a faster shutter speed!|
|The view from the hide into the gloom|
|Hare today gone in a moment.|
|What big eyes you have!|
|Posturing with no real passion.|
|Three's a crowd|