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A CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE BLACK GROUSE KIND

(Click on any of the pictures in this section, to see a larger version.)

Just beyond Langdon Beck is one of my favourite spots in Teesdale. Black grouse are a declining species yet this is one place where they are consistently viewable. I have visited this location many times over the last 20 years and have never failed to see at least one male bird. A trip on 9 April 2003 became very special when the birds were closer to the road than I had ever (with one fleeting exception) seen them.

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On the left is the full-frame view. On the right is the same picture cropped to give a close-up view.

black grouse flying
After I had taken a few shots, eight birds flew off and landed close to their lek (display area).
I caught this one as it glided over a dry-stone wall. Its distinctive white wing-bars and lyre-shaped tail are clearly visible.

black grouse near lek
This is a more typical view of black grouse near their lek.
There are five male birds visible in the picture; two left of centre near the ditch and three right of centre.
Eight birds were visible with binoculars.


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