NOT-SO FAMOUS GROUSE

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Up on the moors above Howden Reservoir in the Peak Distric my friend and I met this grouse doing its best not to be photographed. After a bit of stalking I managed to capture it, on film, of course. The red eyebrows are clear, but not the white woolley leggings.

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YOUNG BLACKBIRD

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There are a lot of birds nesting in our garden but the newly fledged young tend to be very secretive, keeping quiet and hidden unless the parent bird is close when insistent cheeping is the only evidence of their presence. I discovered this young blackbird on a branch of a lilac tree I was trimming back. The youngster watched me beadily but silently as I put down my tools and backed away slowly. It was still in the same place by the time I had fetched my camera, and stayed obligingly still as I photographed it, after which I left it in peace.