I was left in awe with displays of pure, raw confidence this past weekend.
It’s no secret that a grouse’s best defence is camouflage. It’s surprising they didn’t snicker under their breath as I passed close by without seeing anything. They just stood motionless as only a confident grouse can (at least that’s what I suspect since I didn’t actually see them).
However, I was able to spot a few grouse on the roadside and enjoyed making images.
As the shadows lengthened at the end of the day, I noticed a grouse standing in the middle of the road.
Despite camouflage that was hopelessly inadequate for the gravel background, despite the risks involved in parking in that location, this grouse was perfectly still. Despite all evidence this grouse courageously believed – a most remarkable display of confidence.
I was so moved by the experience, I declare this grouse the most confident bird anywhere.