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Oregon Grouse

17 Jan 2011

This bird was brought up lately. 

 We were heading up into the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and seen this bird. What caught my eye is the yellow/orange "eyebrows". Well I just had to confront this fellow and take a photograph! I did not realize what I was in for!! 

 I take many photographs of many things, much bigger wildlife than this bird.
BUT I tell you, I have not come across something this aggressive in quite a while! Guy is in the truck with the dogs, I am in the road with camera in hand and getting attacked by this bird! 

 I wear a metal brace which protects a broken bone I have in my wrist/arm so I do not hurt it even more. If it were not for this metal (or whatever it is in there), this bird would have had me bloody for it just kept attacking!  I tend to protect myself with my left arm. If I were not laughing so hard I might have gotten some better photographs, but it was very hard to contain my laughter! The size of a small chicken, but the heart of the biggest lion this grouse was going for bear and my size was not going to intimidate him!! I looked over at Guy and here he is just laughing too!! 

Here are the photographs I happen to get as all this was going on. 

 Update, around April 29th watching A documentary about Oregon, I found out these birds are close to being on the endangered species list here.....

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