Chukar in the snow

Chukar calling in the snowChukar in the snow – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

A simple image from a series of images I took last year of a Chukar calling on a rocky outcropping with a snowy mountain in the background. There is snow in the upcoming forecast and I’m looking forward to it, maybe I will have the opportunity to photograph more birds in the fluffy white stuff soon! Whether that is on Antelope Island, Bear River MBR, Farmington Bay WMA or elsewhere, the birds look great in the snow.



  1. Rohrerbot November 6, 2012 at 5:57 am

    This is a fascinating bird. I read about it yesterday. It has Asian origin with a group naturalizing to the mountains in the 60’s….or maybe this is a different bird? Either way, this would be a treat to see out in the wild:)

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Chris, you are right, these did originally come from Asia and have naturalized on the island. You’d love to see and hear them I am sure!

  2. Dan Huber November 6, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Neat bird and fantastic photo Mia. Love the background .

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:53 am

      Thank you Dan, I was very happy with the setting!

  3. M. Firpi November 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I enjoyed the vibrant colors on this one.

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:52 am

      Thanks Maria, the natural colors of the bird, rock, sky and snow worked very nicely.

  4. Julie G. November 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, superb photograph of this very cool looking bird!

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:51 am

      Thank you Julie, they are cool looking birds!

  5. eric c11 November 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    very very nice, well done mia

    i invite you to see a choukar couple on a roof 😉


  6. Tami Vogel November 5, 2012 at 8:52 am

    What a neat photo, Mia! We have “escaped” chukars up here – the state doesn’t consider them a naturally occurring bird. I’m cheering for snow, too! 🙂

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:43 am

      Thank you Tami. The Chukars here have naturalized and I believe they are countable for listers. The snow might happen here tomorrow, keeping my fingers crossed.

  7. Bob Bushell November 5, 2012 at 8:27 am

    It’s so beautiful, so close to you, brilliant photo Mia.

  8. Syl Lobato November 5, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Mia, absolutely fabulous..I painted a chukar on stone, and they are beautiful birds..great photo

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:41 am

      Thanks Syl, they are lovely birds

  9. Stu November 5, 2012 at 7:53 am

    The quail in the front yard decided to pin this one up to the side of the feeder 😉 Apparently a distant relative. Really nice image Mia.

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:40 am

      Thanks Stu, they are distant relatives. 🙂

  10. Jim Braswell November 5, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Awesome … love it!

  11. Susan November 5, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Wow, what a fantastic image Mia

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:39 am

      Thank you Susan, I loved the setting.

  12. Beverly Everson November 5, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Wow! New bird to me. Fantastic shot, Mia!

  13. Bob Zeller November 5, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Beautiful image, Mia. I wish we had such birds down here. But I could do without the snow. 🙂

    • Mia McPherson November 5, 2012 at 5:11 am

      Thanks Bob, Chukars are lovely birds. I’ll take your snow 🙂

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