Capercaillie courtship  song

Western Capercaillie
(Tetrao urogallus)

An amazing frontal portrait of a male capercaillie singing its courtship song to attract females to its lek, in its characteristic posture, with a raised neck and wide open tail. The falling snow adds a lot to the atmosphere of the shot. I had to spend the whole night in a hide in the snow, high in the mountains of Valle de Aran, in the Spanish Pyrenees, in order to take this shot (obviously, with the necessary permissions, as capercaillie leks can only be approached with official authorisations).

The 600km long drive towards the northernmost parts of Spain, the exhausting ascent through very steep slopes, the night spent in a hide in the snow, with temperatures well below zero, the alarm clock set at 4.30am... every minute of effort was well worth it.

Urogallo (Tetrao urogallus) macho cantando para atraer hembras a su lek o cantadero. El canto del urogallo es una curiosa sucesión de roces, clicks y pops, pero se percibe a gran distancia. Los diminutos copos de nieve añaden interés a la imagen. Tuve que pasar toda la noche bajo cero en una pequeña tienda de campaña montada sobre la nieve, en las montañas que rodean el Valle de Aran, para tomar esta imagen.

Date: 30/05/2013

Location: Val de Aran, Spanish Pirineos

Photographer: Arturo de Frias

Capercaillie courtship  song

Western Capercaillie
(Tetrao urogallus)

An amazing frontal portrait of a male capercaillie singing its courtship song to attract females to its lek, in its characteristic posture, with a raised neck and wide open tail. The falling snow adds a lot to the atmosphere of the shot. I had to spend the whole night in a hide in the snow, high in the mountains of Valle de Aran, in the Spanish Pyrenees, in order to take this shot (obviously, with the necessary permissions, as capercaillie leks can only be approached with official authorisations).

The 600km long drive towards the northernmost parts of Spain, the exhausting ascent through very steep slopes, the night spent in a hide in the snow, with temperatures well below zero, the alarm clock set at 4.30am... every minute of effort was well worth it.

Urogallo (Tetrao urogallus) macho cantando para atraer hembras a su lek o cantadero. El canto del urogallo es una curiosa sucesión de roces, clicks y pops, pero se percibe a gran distancia. Los diminutos copos de nieve añaden interés a la imagen. Tuve que pasar toda la noche bajo cero en una pequeña tienda de campaña montada sobre la nieve, en las montañas que rodean el Valle de Aran, para tomar esta imagen.

Date: 30/05/2013

Location: Val de Aran, Spanish Pirineos

Photographer: Arturo de Frias