Chukar in a field of white

Chukar in the snowChukar in the snow – Nikon D300, f8, 1/1600, ISO 500, 0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR at 228mm, natural light

As the nights grow longer and the days grow shorter I start to think of fall and winter and the opportunities I will have with photographing my subjects in snow. It can be a challenge to get exposures right when there are fields of bright white snow but it really isn’t much different than photographing a Black Skimmer landing on the sugar sand of Fort De Soto.

I  photographed this Chukar last January as it walked across a field of undisturbed snow, as I recall it was bitter cold that morning but the bright sun seemed to warm the Chukar as much as it warmed my hands.

The trees are starting to change in the high country now and soon there will be a riot of yellows, oranges and reds of autumn leaves creeping down to the valley and after that will come the snow.


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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. Mia, this is a beautiful shot. The Chukar would a new bird for me. It has beautiful markings. Have a happy Sunday!

  2. I cannot understand why their toes don’t freeze, mine would! The chukar looks amazing against the snow, well captured Mia.

  3. Just think of how nice fall is going to be. I love the seasons changing up north. Snowfall is definitely a challenging situation for me.

  4. Ron introduced me to chukars – the beagle boys of the bird world – and they have won a space in my heart. This is a gorgeous image, and I hope it cooled you down to go back to it. Thank you.

  5. Love the Chukar’s colors against the snow. You captured it beautifully!

  6. That one is far out, the colours are really brilliant too.

  7. Beautiful…contrasts, colors!

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