After seeing few Chukars on Antelope Island State Park over the winter it is a delight to see them perching on rocks, preening, calling and warming up in the first rays of sunlight on the island again.
Chukars aren’t native to North America but they have made Antelope Island their home and can be found this time of the year by following the kakakakakakakachukAR chuKAR chuKAR sound near the marina, the visitor center, the trailhead to Frary Peak and other rocky locations around the island. The Chukars are used to the human visitors on the island and it is relatively easy to photograph them by using a vehicle as a mobile blind. Getting out and photographing them on foot… not so easy.
The first time I visited Antelope Island State Park in 2008 the Chukars amused and delighted me and though I had few opportunities to photograph them that day in my heart I knew I wanted to have the chance to photograph them more. My move to Utah certainly has provided me with those opportunities and I now have thousands of images of these rock-hopping upland game birds!