While hiking behind our house I came across this ruffed grouse catching a nap in the warmth of the sun. It was puffed up like a camouflage ball of feathers. It blended in to the background so well I almost passed by without noticing it.
I spent about 3 hours just watching him and taking a few photos now and then. At times he actually approached me. When I took this photo, I was sitting less than 10 feet from him. Notice the snow on its beak.