Sunday 27th February saw us heading off into the moors in search of Grouse, to be more specific Black Grouse.
The day started well with reasonable light but as we got closer to the moors that all changed and as usual for us the light vanished and the rain appeared!
Our first notable encounter were five stunning Roe deer feeding not far from the road behind a wall.
My next find was a stunning Golden Plover (actually two Golden Plovers) but I only managed a distant image of one. Fabulous colours and rather good camo too.
As I drove along I spotted what I thought were 7 crows on a wall in the distance but when we had a better look Keith realised they were in fact Black Grouse! These were the only black grouse of the day but at least I got a record shot.
Onwards we headed into the moors and as expected we found plenty of Red Grouse at much closer distances to the car but this one was really calm and we followed him on foot for a few minutes - just enough time to get a couple of decent photos and not cause him any stress. His female waited down in a ditch for us to move off before she came back out again.
All in all we had a good day especially considering the fact it rained most of the time.
Some day we will find some sunshine!