I don’t make many wildlife photographs, but this one I couldn’t pass up. I took this photo while working at the Beaverhill Bird Observatory near Tofield. I must admit that while this is a wild Ruffed Grouse, he wasn’t particularly free at the time of this photo. One of the things that I love about banding birds is getting to see them so close. At this range, even the drabbest sparrows (and grouse) are full of subtle detail, pattern and colour. I like how this photo captures some of those close-up details that are normally missed at regular grouse-viewing distances. It was a treat to catch this bird, and I’m glad to have this photo as a reminder.