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Same bird as my previous upload, this time from much closer. This has resulted in much reduced DoF.
These birds rarely come down below 2000 ft. Notice the feathers down the legs and over the feet which helps to keep the extremeties warm.
In the winter they turn completely white, except for black on the tail feathers. This photo was taken in spring just as the bird was changing colour from white to the mottled brown that they are in summer.
When approached they tend to run away rather than fly. They are about the same size as a grouse.

Thanks all for the great support on yesterdays upload.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 100-400L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Sutherland Ptarmigan 2
Username:Phil_Restan Phil_Restan
Uploaded:5 Feb 2009 - 7:16 AM
Tags:Mountain bird, Ptarmigan, Sutherland, Wildlife / nature
Votes:47

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motorsportpictures

WOW, very well detailed shot.
Scott

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2009 - 8:11 AM

A brilliantly detailed shot.
Dave

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2009 - 8:15 AM

Another excellent image Phil, and close ! Ron.

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2009 - 8:20 AM

Quality image Phil

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andy210966
5 Feb 2009 - 8:41 AM

Amazing clarity Phil! A beautiful shot to be sure.

Andy

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Gary_Macleod
5 Feb 2009 - 9:15 AM

needs to be seen LARGE to be fully appreciated

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2009 - 9:16 AM

Like the details and colours in this Phil - well captured.
Regards Richard.

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Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2009 - 9:34 AM

Excellent capture Phil
Steve

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2009 - 10:12 AM

lovely detail and DOF.lesley

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2009 - 10:12 AM

Never seen one of these before, This is a great Capture--Love it
Pete

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kaybee  103801 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2009 - 10:16 AM

Amazing

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john_slevin
5 Feb 2009 - 10:47 AM

Quality. Lovely detail on this bird.

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PaulHolloway e2 Member 7PaulHolloway vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2009 - 11:47 AM

Love these birds, always add to the experience of winter hillwalking when you come across them. Well captured here.

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danbrann e2 Member 9473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2009 - 7:29 PM

A super example and a good quality image.

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d3looo  5 Slovakia1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2009 - 7:54 PM

Great details!!! Well captured.

Pavol

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