He could have chosen a better time of day and place for his performance, however the dance routine was spectacular. This article contains a large number of images since I wanted to capture the routine from start to finish. There are specific steps to this dance and this series follows as close as possible.
Overall the dance moves are to spread their ‘bridal feathers’ for display, then stretch up and down in a rhythm showing their full body. With luck it catches the attention of a new mate.
Below is the first step in ‘the dance’.
Click any image to view full size. The images below are in sequential order as the dance progressed.
I previous years I have been able to photograph several birds in different routines, picking the best for publication. This year due to the Coronavirus I’m afraid this is it. Despite the Pine Tree the dance is always special and interesting.