Red Grouse taking off in the snow

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Conditions in the Cairngorms were bleak with low cloud and heavy snow.  I was on my way to photograph ptarmigan when I found this grouse en route.  In snowy conditions the red grouse becomes an easy target for passing birds of prey.  This fellow allowed me to capture this image before flying away to chase another male.

Field Notes

Camera: Nikon D700

Lens: Nikon 300mm Fw with x1.4 Teleconverter

Aperture: F5.6

Exposure: 1/2000 sec

ISO: 640