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Sutherland Ptarmigan 2

By Phil_Restan    
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.

Tags: Sutherland Ptarmigan Wildlife and nature Mountain bird

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5 Feb 2009 7:50AM
WOW, very well detailed shot.

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BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2009 8:11AM
A brilliantly detailed shot.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
5 Feb 2009 8:15AM
Another excellent image Phil, and close ! Ron.
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
5 Feb 2009 8:20AM
Quality image Phil
andy210966 10 4 119 Wales
5 Feb 2009 8:41AM
Amazing clarity Phil! A beautiful shot to be sure.

Gary_Macleod 13 162 Scotland
5 Feb 2009 9:15AM
needs to be seen LARGE to be fully appreciated
Richsr 11 91 223 England
5 Feb 2009 9:16AM
Like the details and colours in this Phil - well captured.
Regards Richard.
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2009 9:34AM
Excellent capture Phil
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
5 Feb 2009 10:12AM
lovely detail and DOF.lesley
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2009 10:12AM
Never seen one of these before, This is a great Capture--Love it
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
5 Feb 2009 10:16AM
5 Feb 2009 10:47AM
Quality. Lovely detail on this bird.
5 Feb 2009 11:47AM
Love these birds, always add to the experience of winter hillwalking when you come across them. Well captured here.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
5 Feb 2009 7:29PM
A super example and a good quality image.
d3looo 9 16 1 Slovakia
5 Feb 2009 7:54PM
Great details!!! Well captured.


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