Spruce Grouse are well camouflaged with disruptive plumage that tricks the eye and causes the bird to disappear when standing still. The combination of these two characteristics, the broken lines in plumage color and their instinctive freeze response, helps protect this species from predators.
To see the progression of this sketch, visit: Spruce Grouse Sketch at Vickie's Sketchbook blog.
To see images of the Spruce Grouse, visit: Spruce Grouse in Riding Mountain National Park at Vickie Henderson Art.
Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and some relaxing time for sketching in nature!