Having a grouse

It was at the end of last November that we spent a week in the Yorkshire Dales. We stayed in Wensleydale but on several occasions we went over the tops and down into Swaledale. Those tops were grouse country.

I suppose they are really there to provide pleasure for the shooting fraternity and a little bit of meat for some. But for me they were just birds of beauty.

I have to confess that these birds hadn’t really crossed my radar before. When we first saw them I had to look up what they were.

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This early in the week shot was not particularly good. We didn’t know these birds were to become things seen regularly.

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This was a common roadside sight – a grouse – these are female – on a fence post or road side wall.

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Now we’ll get to some better shots.

These grouse would pretty happily ignore cars but if you got out and walked you heard them – and a fascinating sound they made – but you didn’t see them.

So we sat in the car to get the close up shots.

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This one with the big red eyebrows is the male.

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Another fence post female.

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Sorry folks. We also found that grouse were on sale in a Leyburn supermarket.

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