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Blue Grouse

Blue Grouse

Blue Grouse, male (Dendragapus obscurus).  As I drove along Bald Hills Road in Redwood National Park, I noticed this bird in my rearview mirror as it entered the road.  I stopped and got out a long lens.  It slowly approached me, as I switched to shorter lenses.  It got right up to me, jumped up, and kicked me in the shins, Kung Fu style!  Repeatedly!  Then a car drove by, and he ran after it!  And then he chased another car!  Apparently, its nest was nearby and it felt it had to defend his territory. 
 
Canon EOS 1V camera and 180 f/3.5 L macro lens with Fuji Velvia 50 film.  1/500 sec at f/3.5.