Female Greater Sage-Grouse

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Female Dusky GrouseFemale Greater Sage-Grouse – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 242mm, natural light, not baited

I photographed this female Greater Sage-Grouse  while up in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. This hen was traveling in a small flock of four to five birds as I recall and they were feeding right at the edge of a two lane road.  They didn’t appear to be the least bit timid and I was able to take a series of images of them before moving down the curvy mountain road. I hope to photograph them again sometime in the future.



  1. Julie Brown April 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    The grasses make a lovely background.

    • Mia McPherson April 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      I really liked the grasses in the background too, thank you!

  2. Bob Zeller April 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Great shot, Mia. I love the habitat. Down here we have the Scaled Quail, and it is called also the Blue Quail. I don’t know why that is. I guess maybe that in some light there may be a faint bluish tint.

  3. Debbie Miller @HooootOwl April 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    What a lovely encounter, and beautiful view of her.

  4. Tammy Karr April 19, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Excellent image! The Grouse camouflages so well with its natural surroundings.

    • Mia McPherson April 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Tammy, I’m lucky that these birds were along the road or they would have been much more difficult to spot. Thanks for your comment on this image.

  5. Laurence Butler April 19, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Neat! I love the camouflaged plumage on Grouse, though I’ve never seen one myself. They still have a very rare and special feel to them. Great shot, thanks for sharing.

    • Mia McPherson April 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thank you Laurence, I think the plumage is awesome.

  6. Carol Mattingly April 19, 2012 at 6:25 am

    He is a beautiful bird. I just love his markings. He looks rather tall too. Carol

    • Mia McPherson April 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

      I think she is a beautiful bird too Carol and they are rather large birds, compared to others I photograph. Thanks for your comment.

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