Markus Varesvuo - Black Grouse Mama
Often the males get all the admiration, because the patterns and colours in their plumage are more flamboyant and attractive; this serves of course the very purpose of showing off, of standing out amongst the other males and making sure that females choose them over their less handsome rivals.
Females tend to be more subtle in their attire; less pronounced and remarkably plain. This serves them well as they need to blend into their surroundings; a plumage that helps to camouflage, and keep them hidden from keen predator eyes.
But seen up close, it’s easy to see that the intricate details in their plumages are just as marvellous.
Location: Utajärvi, Finland
Tags: Bird, black grouse, feathers, markus varesvuo, plumage