Why is it that I never have my 300mm lens when I need it? Then again, why is it, that a "Nikkor Lens Fairy" hasn't sent me my dream AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 G ED VR with a 2x teleconverter??? Hahahaha ... Friday humour!!! Well, as luck would have it, this female, Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus) decided to perch herself up in a tree not too far from me while I was out for a Friday afternoon stroll with all of my boys and my lil' 85mm lens! LOL!
Many people refer to this 'sensitive' species as a "Prairie Chicken" and you certainly do a double take when you see a chicken-like bird sitting high up in a tree! The Sharp-tailed Grouse is a native game bird that one tends to encounter when small flocks of them burst into flight from long, thick grass.
During the summer months, the Sharp-tailed grouse have a diet made up of insects, seeds and grasses. In the winter, they focus their diet on buds and berries! Perhaps this grouse was checking out the rose-hip patch just below her! Grouse 'snow roost' during the winter months and are very well equipped for our winter climate! So there you have it ... Sharp-tailed Grouse lesson 101 on a Friday! Have a great weekend everyone!