All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Blue Grouse</strong>
<em>Dendragapus obscurus</em>
Mount Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

As I was photographing wildflowers I heard an odd, low "whump, whump" sound coming from the woods. It finally dawned on me that it might be a mal...
Blue Grouse
Dendragapus obscurus
Mount Rainier National Park
June 22, 2009

As I was photographing wildflowers I heard an odd, low "whump, whump" sound coming from the woods. It finally dawned on me that it might be a male grouse calling for a female. I scanned the hill above the parking lot across the highway and finally spotted this gorgeous bird. He was "strutting his stuff" in hopes of attracting a mate. That was an exciting spectacle to witness!

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