Despite having had Maridalen as my local patch for over 15 years it is still large enough that I can discover new and exciting areas and there are also areas that I have forgotten about and then rediscover. Today was about rediscovering. I was looking for a place to walk the Beast in the shade (temperatures reached 20C today with little wind) and decided to follow up a tip about Hazel Grouse which I knew would involve shade – two birds with one stone and all that.
The same area has previously held Three-toed Woodpeckers and was close enough to where all the excitement has been this year that I thought I may relocate the new pair which after having seen off one toe, three toe had gone missing. I succeeded royally and even witnessed mating! There will eventually be a dedicated post to the Three toes but I'll post a couple of pics now.
And I found a Hazel Grouse 😊 which even allowed itself to be photographed on a dark forest floor but the camera chose to focus on the sunlight areas either behnd or in front of it.
|male Hazel Grouse (jerpe) in habitat|
|attempts to zoom in did not focus correctly..|
|but I did get one focused (and cropped) picture but the shutter speed at 1/800s resulted in ISO6400 so it is a bit grainy|
|female Three-toed Woodpecker (tretåspett)|
|here the Beast pulled on the lead but the birds just stayed in shot|
|the male before the act. He is a particularly lazy male and lets the females fight over him and do most of the drumming|