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The Ruffs

The male ruffs (Philomachus pugnax) fighting in the lek. The landscape is inspired by the Siberian bogs near Baikal lake I visited - a breeding habitat typical for these birds.
It was an illustration for my bachelor thesis about the correlation of coloration and behavior of birds.
Painted in Photoshop, 8/2013

Martina nachazelova philomachus pugnax