Chukar in fresh fallen snow

Chukar walking on fresh snowChukar walking on fresh snow – Nikon D300, f9, 1/1000, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 321mm, natural light

Fresh snow fell on Antelope Island last night and it made for wonderful settings for the subjects I photographed this morning like this Chukar. I haven’t been seeing the Chukars regularly lately so I was very pleased to see them again. I noticed last year around this time that they were difficult to find too.

Chukar in the snowChukar in the snow – Nikon D300, f9, 1/800, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 357mm, natural light

I love to photograph my subjects in all kinds of settings and light so fresh snow was a given, I had to get photos of the Chukars as they pushed their bills into the snow to find food. To me Chukars always look kind of rotund and I think that being in the snow makes that even more obvious.

Bad Seed? Chukar shows tongueBad Seed? Chukar up chukin’ – Nikon D300, f9, 1/800, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm with 1.4x TC 357mm, natural light

Sorry for the bad pun but it did look like this Chukar was up chukin’. It is really just eating and I caught the bill open and showing the bird’s tongue, you can see the food the bird was eating under the upper mandible.

I was going to post these tomorrow but couldn’t wait. I may have patience when it comes to bird photography but I lack some when it comes to sharing my images here. :-)


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. This bird’s feather pattern is just so striking.

  2. Hi! The photo’s are so beautiful! I love the one eating the seeds! You caught the open mouth and I bet no one else has ever been able to get a perfect shot like that? Great job. Have a Happy New Year of great photo’s to come!

  3. Red-legged Partridge is our name for it, or quite similar. You have caught it, snow bound. Brilliant photos.

  4. an other great serie
    i m impressed with all the good new pictures you show to us so often, probably you must have a full time available for outoup wild life pictures, that s great !
    Hunting is possible in your area ? here in france, during hunting season, wildlife is harder to watch and to photographie, you can understand why…
    take care

    • Thank you Eric. I do have enough free time to get out shooting often.

      There is hunting in Utah Eric, but not for these birds in this location, it is a state park and the only animals hunted there are Bison, Deer and Bighorn Sheep and to be honest I don’t think those should be hunted in a state park.

  5. So glad you did share it – that is absolutely COOL! Never seen one and your images of them make me feel I have! yeehaw!

  6. Most excellent Mia!!! What a beautiful bird!

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