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Willow Ptarmigan

Posted by Laure Wilson Neish on March 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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Taken near Wonder Lake, late August 2009- Denali National Park, Alaska. I had been looking for this lifer for a couple of days on our trip and finally caught sight of a small group of these lovely ptarmigan still in summer plumage by the side of the gravel road. This one is a female. I knew the buses wouldn’t be coming this far into the park for a few more hours (we were near North Face Lodge) so I sat right down on the soggy road and took a few photos of the birds as they snipped off leaves and buds. Canon 40D 100-400 lens ISO 500, f/5.6 1/50 sec handheld