Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus): A denizen of the Caledoinian pine forests in the Highlands of Scotland the rare and elusive Capercaillie is a dificult bird to find.  Good field craft and a knowledge of the habitat the species requires can help you locate these magnificent birds. Check my book 'Photographing wildlife in thre Uk' for more info on this! Be aware this is a red list species and it is against the law to disturb this bird during the breeding season . Some of these images were taken recently (2019)  in what we would like to keep an  undisclosed location. Prior to this the images from 2015 are of a more well known rogue capercaillie when  returning to the known location of this male Capercaillie several times over a couple of years I eventually was lucky enough to meet this charismatic and endangered bird.

Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Capercailie in the Caledonian pine forest, an increasingly rare but iconic Scottish bird.

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Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Close up in stunning winter sunshine. A 500mm lens gets you a closer shot while keeping a distance from this magnificent bird.

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Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Displaying

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Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Close up taken with 500mm lens

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Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Displaying in the winter sunshine.

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Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Portrait in the pine forest

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Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Full display

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Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Capercaillie in his beautiful Caledonian pine forest landscape.

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Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)

Peering through the soft new pine shoots he is feeding on.

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