Markus Varesvuo - Black Grouse In A Sea Of Light


For the past couple of years I’ve been progressively busier photographing Finland’s eight gamebird species for a book I’m making together with ornithologist and science writer Pertti Koskimies. Countless hours and days spent in hides and field gaining material and an ever-deepening sense of awe at the birds’ resilience and survival skills in what is a very tough world.

Every once in a while I’m confronted with something new, even after decades of bird photography. Here I was in a hide photographing displaying Black Grouse at a lek in late March. Long grasses between the hide and the bird were glistening with dew. On its way up, light from the the rising sun hit the dew drops and dispersed in all the colours of the rainbow.

Lasting only a brief moment, it gave the displaying male a gracious setting.

Location: Liminka, Finland

Tags: Bird, black grouse, lek, light dispersion, lyrurus tetrix, soidin, spring, teeri

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