Saturday, August 9, 2008

Rocky Mountain National Park

This week I took a day off from my real job and took a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) to try to photograph White-tailed Ptarmigan. On my last trip to RMNP I was able to photograph moose, elk, big-horned sheep, coyote, marmot, red squirrel etc. On this trip there wasn't much to see including White-tailed Ptarmigan.

The one bonus of the trip was the American Pika. American Pika are still fairly common above timberline at RMNP. In the past my experience has been that they are very skittish and tend to hide as soon as they see you. On this occasion they seemed to be so occupied with filling their larders with grass that they were oblivious to observers.

American Pika
Enthusiastically collecting food for winter

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They are absolutely gorgeous. What stunning animals.
Wish we had Pikas in Europe. I heard their numbers are declining, hope this species stays with us for a long time.

Thanks for sharing those gorgeous pictures.