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Rock Ptarmigan Hen overseeing her chick On Baosbheinn with her chick.  She pulled every trick, limping away, broken wing etc. to ensure we didn't see her chick but we'd had to climb up the gully to get to her and her chick was on the path in the gully. Baosbheinn,Lagopus muta,Rock Ptarmigan,Scotland,Torridon,Wester Ross Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Rock Ptarmigan Hen overseeing her chick

On Baosbheinn with her chick. She pulled every trick, limping away, broken wing etc. to ensure we didn't see her chick but we'd had to climb up the gully to get to her and her chick was on the path in the gully.

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  1. What an excellent shot of such a beautiful species! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thank you, she was concerned about her chick, so we kept back and she wasn't going to leave - we only hung around about 5 minutes, not fair on the birds otherwise. {;¬) Posted 8 months ago
      1. Respectful and in moderation, that's how it's done. Posted 8 months ago
        1. Dead right!! Posted 8 months ago
  2. The pattern of earth tones on the back feathers is fantastic! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Yes Barry, they are wonderfully camouflaged, very difficult to pick out at times even when you know exactly where they are. Posted 8 months ago

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The Rock Ptarmigan is a medium-sized gamebird in the grouse family. It is known simply as Ptarmigan in Europe and colloquially as Snow Chicken or Partridge in North America, where it is the official bird for the territory of Nunavut, Canada, and the official game bird for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Similar species: Chicken-like Birds
Species identified by NattyOne
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Uploaded Jun 7, 2022. Captured Jun 1, 2022 14:12.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/8.0
  • 1/2048s
  • ISO800
  • 400mm