No Sign of Ptarmigan

December 01, 2012

Our good friend Katherine Jones (Kat) came to stay with us for the weekend. She particularly wanted to see and photograph ptarmigan so while my wife, Helen, took Kat's dog Biggles for a walk in the snow, (or should that be the other way round?) Kat and I walked into the Cairngorms in search of ptarmigan. After trailing through the deep snow for a couple of hours we eventually reached an area which is usually excellent for ptarmigan photography. Unfortunately on this day they were nowhere to be seen. Normally the distinctive cry of the ptarmigan will be heard before they are seen but on this day there was neither sound nor sight of them. 

I could only think the wild weather which had dumped all the snow had driven even these hardy birds downhill. Certainly we did eventually find some ptarmigan lower down but by this time light was fading and we had run out of time. I would like for Kat to have got some photographs, but at least she did get to see them and enjoyed her day despite the hard work walking through deep snow. 

If it was easy it would be no fun!


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