Two female ptarmigan at rest in 40mph Northerly winds in the Cairngorms. I’ve been trying to get this precise composition for several years. I wanted an image of two birds ‘mirroring’ each other in this way.
I spent half an hour photographing this particular female. With a very careful approach she was very obliging and allowed me to get close whilst she fed.
Currently there is very little snow in the Cairngorms after a series of rapid thaws and heavy rain. However on this day there was enough snow to get wintry image backgrounds.
I spent a while photographing a group of 5 female ptarmigan. In general the large flocks that I was seeing during the autumn have now dispersed into smaller groups.
A classic example of the ptarmigan’s superb camouflage. Without knowing what to look for, spotting the birds from any distance can be very difficult.