Zoltán Gergely Nagy - The knight emergesHeavy snowfalls in early spring have created challenging conditions for many species in the Carpathians. The capercaillies were lekking on deep snow, with no signs of it melting soon. Despite the snow and the cold, the females are under pressure to raise the next generation before winter comes back again.There have been some great capercaillie images recently on the blog, perhaps unsurprisingly as these archaic looking birds are considered an indicator species of old growth forests, something that is very valuable but increasingly rare on our continent and is in the mind of many of us. Having just returned from nearly two weeks at a lekking site in the Retezat Mountains of Romania I also wanted to share an image with the species from ‘my’ wilderness.
Location: Retezat Mountains, Romania
Tags: capercaillie, Carpathian Mountains, lekking, Retezat, Romania, snow, spring