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Ptarmigan - Master Of Camouflage

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 14 December 2018 in Animal & Insect.

As the smallest grouse in North America, these birds turn a speckled brownish grey in the summer months. This color blends in with alpine willow and rocks that make up their environment. A great time to spot these elusive birds is to look for them when half-molted in spring and fall when they are changing from white or to white.

The ptarmigan’s population numbers are low, making it a very rare occurrence to stumble upon one, plus they are masters of camouflage, so we were lucky to get a quick look and photo in Rocky Mountain National Park in the fall. If you blink they are gone.

NIKON D5500 1/100 second F/20.0 ISO 800 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

This female Tetras has indeed found a nice way to hide. What bothers me is that the hunters kill them

14 Dec 2018 5:15am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Nice catch! The camouflage is well for this beauty.

14 Dec 2018 7:48am

Mvdfotokraam from Netherlands

Indeed, what a colors

14 Dec 2018 8:22am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

un as ! belle photo

14 Dec 2018 9:41am

existenceartistique from Angers, France


14 Dec 2018 11:26am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Well hidden it is true...Superb capture !

14 Dec 2018 12:11pm

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

What a superb capture of this bird. They really are masters of camouflage. 5*

14 Dec 2018 12:27pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Wow super, well seen and captured.

14 Dec 2018 3:03pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Nice camouflage...
Thank you for the write up on this :))))
Have a nice weekend.

14 Dec 2018 3:18pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Yes, I really had to look to find this bird! Fabulous image.

14 Dec 2018 4:07pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Total stealth... a very good capture, though.

14 Dec 2018 4:22pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Good for you! The camouflage is perfect. I've no idea how you were able to photograph this bird.

14 Dec 2018 5:12pm

@Anita: We could find it only when it moved.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It blends in so well with its surroundings. A very excellent image.

14 Dec 2018 7:07pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very nice find !

14 Dec 2018 10:28pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

it is absolutely camouflaged


15 Dec 2018 12:25am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

What great camouflage! She blends right into her surroundings perfectly. A wonderful image and great information.

15 Dec 2018 2:26am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Tâpissé dans le sherbage il se fond avec la végétation quelle vue
Belle journée

15 Dec 2018 3:08am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Hiding is successful

15 Dec 2018 5:56am

Lewis from Harns, Netherlands

Well spotted!! ( and photographed) what a beautiful bird.

16 Dec 2018 7:41pm

1/100 second
ISO 800
225 mm (35mm equiv.)