Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) : These dramatic wild game birds are found on moorland especially in Scotland and some areas of Wales but also in North eastern England. In spring the males gather together at traditional sites known as leks where they display : fanning their tails, strutting and bowing, occasionally leaping in the air and attcking one another to demonstrate their dominance. An early morning start is needed to see this strange ritual but the sight and sound of the lek makes for a truly unforgettable experience.

Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Strutting his stuff: A black grouse cock patrols the ridge at Worlds end Wales.

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Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Three males at the lek

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Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Battle commences

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Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Leaping in the air and calling "Goaway" a Black grouse on the Glenlivet estate in scotland

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Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Two rivals

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Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Shake your tail feathers

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Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Close up Black grouse at the lek

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Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Early morning call

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Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)
Black grouse (Tetrao tetrix)

Black grouse raised red eyebrows!

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