COURTING at dusk / by Matt Clysdale

Sooty Grouse - Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park

This male sooty grouse was in peak display right along the road leading up to Hurricane Ridge. He was broadcasting his unbelievably deep booming call to a rival grouse, who would respond in-kind from the cover of the forest. As with many animals in the heat of courtship or competition, they usually throw caution to the wind and give little attention to approaching photographers - which makes for great photo-ops.