The Colour of a Bird

Much more than mammals birds exploit colour. It might be for display, to keep a group together or to warn predators. Further, some use different colours throughout the year.

My picture today is of a Slavonian Grebe (Horned Grebe in the New World) a very local breeder in Scotland. In Spring and Summer it has gorgeous coppery tones. The male is usually slightly stronger coloured if they are side by side but there’s not a great deal of difference.

In winter the challenge is not to stand out. A lot of birds (in our area) go increasingly pale. The pallet of the Slavonian becomes mainly black and white. However what stands out is that astonishing red eye. It does not change. Its a sequin for a little star.

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