Monday, May 24, 2010
Denali -Willow Ptarmigan
Willow Ptarmigan are the most entertaining and photo friendly birds I have photographed. They make the best call and are just plain fun to observe. When I arrived in late April I was hoping to catch them still in their winter plumage.
So, with plenty of snow still around I checked their favorite haunts from last year. As you can see most had already started to change.
They change colors fast. These images were captured last week. Some of the females are totally changed and sitting on nests already.
One of the features I enjoy most about these birds is the way the males vibrate their eye brows when attempting to attract a female or when alerted.
Denali is in full swing. All the facilities outside the park are now open. Visitation seems as busy now as it was in July last year. I have seen several bears every day at the checkpoint and we have had to manage the public at several bear jams. We had a cow moose with a new born calf chase a visitor into the restrooms below the checkpoint yesterday. I'm still with limited internet capability realizing this may be the circumstance for the entire season. Blue Skies.