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 in a field of white undisturbed snow last January, 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.



  1. Eileen September 8, 2013 at 10:22 am

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

  2. Kim September 7, 2013 at 9:49 pm

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

  3. M. Firpi September 7, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    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. Elephant's Child September 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    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. Montanagirl September 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

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

  6. Bob Bushell September 7, 2013 at 8:44 am

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

  7. patty chadwick September 7, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Beautiful…contrasts, colors!

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