Chukar calling on a snow-covered rock
Yesterday I spotted a covey of Chukars on Antelope Island foraging in the snow, this Chukar was pulling guard duty and standing on top of a snow covered rock and for a bit it was calling. I haven’t heard that sound in a few months so I was overjoyed to get images of it.
The Chukar takes off running
All of a sudden the calling Chukar took off running, I never saw what had alarmed it.
Nervous Chukar in the snow
These upland game birds move fast when they need to.
And it can be a challenge to follow them with a long lens and keep focus.
Clipped the bill
This is a shot that makes me either want to cry or kick my butt. I kept focus, the snow was flying and the red foot was exposed… but I hadn’t moved my lens fast enough and clipped the bird’s bill. I really hate it when I mess up. Live and learn.
Hope you all have a Happy New Years Eve.
* All images taken with a Nikon D300, lens resting on my Noodle, f7.1, ISO 640, between 1/1600 and 1/2000, Nikkor 200-400mm with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in.