I was having my morning coffee when my husband, who was out walking Canelo, called me. Yes, this time he called me 🙂 You better grab your camera and come quickly he said. The black grouse is here again. This time with two female. I was still in my pyjamas but I dressed fast as a fire fighter. On the road I saw the bird running towards me. He is a fast runner. I was able to take two pictures and a short video clip before he disappeared. I think neither the pictures or the clip are good but my husband says they are good enough to post on my blog. I still hesitated but after all decided to post them. At least you can hear how the black grouse sounds. Unfortunately I saw no female birds. But, who knows, maybe I soon will be lucky enough to see them also.
In the beginning of the week my husband came home from his morning walk with Canelo. He said, can you believe I saw a black grouse ! I said, can you believe I don’t ! And you are not allowed to fool me as it’s not April first yet. I’m not trying to fool you, he said, I really saw one. Finally I understood it was true. Oh was I disappointed and sad ! I blamed him for not calling me. I so much had wanted to both see the bird and to take some pictures because I have never seen one, not in my childhood home on the country side or here in all the 38 years that we have been in this neighborhood.
Today on the way back home from the supermarket, just on the plot next to us, I saw the bird. I shouted, there it is, there it is, STOP THE CAR ! Both my husband and son looked a bit afraid. They had no idea why a was screaming but my husband stopped the car. I opened the door, hopped out, whispering through the teeth in order to not frighten the bird, it’s the bird. WOW ! My hands were shaking of excitement and the first pictures were just blurry. As soon as I realized the bird was not going to fly away I calmed down and was able to shoot a couple of sharp enough pictures before the bird disappeared under the branches of a spruce. A man, who also stopped to photograph said it was a small one. He said they usually are much bigger. Big or small I’m happy I had the luck to take the pictures.