Wood chicken

Male Capercaillie at sunrise

I just returned from my first night in a hide. It was easy enough. At 10pm I heard the heavy wingbeats of a male Capercaillie. When I looked out, I saw it sitting in a tree near me. It started singing a bit, but it was too dark to take pictures or film. When I woke up the next morning at 2:30 AM he was still sitting there, softly singing. Around 4 AM there was enough light for some first pictures and film. Unfortunately it flew off a little later. Apparently it was waiting for some females that didn’t show up… Poor guy….

Now up for a short daytime visit to a bear hide, to see if the Raven are still there. And then my first night there….

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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