Spring Chukar on Antelope Island

Spring Chukar on Antelope IslandSpring Chukar on Antelope Island – Nikon D300, f8, 1/1600, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 357mm, natural light

The last time I went to Antelope Island State Park I noticed that the Chukars were more visible than they have been for awhile and I also noticed a tiny wildflower called Redstem Filaree starting to green up. In this image you can see the tiny flowers of the Redstem Filaree mixed in the grasses around the Chukar’s feet. Filaree can bloom from February through July so I guess with the warm spring-like weather we have been having I should be looking for the tiny flowers.

Very soon the Chukars will start their mating displays and the males will be fighting and acting territorial and not long after that little puffball chicks will be running after the adults.



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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. How cool is the name “Red stem Filaree”!!! You’ve just got to love a plant with a name like that! Sure beats skunk cabbage!

  2. Be still my beating heart. The Beagle Boys are back. Thank you.

  3. beautiful little guy and such a sweet pose you’ve captured!!!

  4. The Chukar is such a beautifully marked bird. I saw only one when we were on Antelope Island several years back. My photo is nothing compared to this one!

  5. I really love watching the Chukars on Antelope Island. They enjoy running around after you announcing to everyone who will listen that you are present. We had one following us for quite some time one day. Maybe we were too close to a nest without realizing it.

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