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Grouse among the heather | by Tim Melling
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Grouse among the heather

I photographed this male Red Grouse on the Peak District Moors in South Yorkshire. Although I have photographed them many times before this was the first time I have managed one in a sea of blooming purple heather. Heather forms the majority of their diet. Red Grouse is a subspecies of Willow Grouse distinguished by its mottled rufous plumage throughout the year. Willow Grouse has white wings year-round, and turns wholly white in winter, and occurs across northern Europe, Russia and North America.

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Taken on August 17, 2014