Sooty Grouse
Dendragapus fuliginosus
The Sooty Grouse (Dendragapus fuliginosus) is a recent "split" from the Blue Grouse complex. The Sooty Grouse is a bird of the coastal mountains of the western United States and Canada. The two shots here of female Sooty Grouse were taken on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Clallam Co., Washington in June, 1999. The shots were taken with an EOS 1N and EF 300mm F/4 L Is lens and 1.4X extender on Fuji Sensia film.
The female and young Sooty Grouse in the next 13 shots were on Mt. Roberts, Juneau, Alaska, in August 2008. These images were taken with an EOS 40D and EF 70-200 mm F/4 L IS lens. The female shown here is feeding on vegetation. In the next image a young bird has joined the female.
The next 6 images show a juvenile bird.
The female and a juvenile are seen below as they forage on some flowers.