|Willow Ptarmigan or Red Grouse(Britain)|
|female Willow Ptarmigan|
|Black Grouse prepare for the real mating dances|
It was an incredible show and I was thrilled to observe these Black Grouse do their thing for several hours. Like the Razorbills, Northern Lapwings or White-throated Dippers, the Black Grouse was a much desired target bird to observe in the wild.
I still think about that day often. Learning about observing grouse on a lek comes with a bit of foreknowledge of birder do's-and-don'ts. 1. Get there early. 2. Never get out of your car. Turn your car off. Use your car as the blind. Whisper and do not talk. 3. Stay for the entire time so that you don't disturb their mating rituals.(usually lasts for around 3 hours). It's a commitment of time for one bird, but it's worth it.
Along the way, we were told about the magical Henoed creatures who lived in the forests around Wales. Apparently, these "people" are only found in Wales and nowhere else.
|the wise Henoed give us weary travelers advice|
|Micheal tries his first Black Pudding. Steve assures us that it will taste better with HP sauce:)|
Again, thank you to Steve and Bonnie for a fabulous visit. Wales is stunning and so beautiful. You'll meet Bonnie in the next several posts. I mean you've already met her, but you'll get to see more of her over the next several weeks. I've been on the road here in the US collecting lots of data. All that and so much more to come. Until next time.....