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Willow Ptarmigan, (Autumn)

Lagopus lagopus


Here is a group of Ptarmigans showing their plumage "turning", pictures taken in the Fall, (Sept.) they are turning white and losing their summer brown. Note the heavy feathered feet and they also have feathers in their nostrils to combat the extreme cold weather. There are 2 Ptarmigans in the fourth picture, I walked right by and did not see them but heard their unique calls.

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37 Comments (1–25)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

Awesome !!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 8 years ago

Wow! So lovely! It must be hard to spot though.


KarenL 8 years ago


Randy Burns
Randy Burns 8 years ago

Good eye Jeannette, the males have "wattles", like many species of birds, an example that most of us are familiar with is the common rooster who's "crown and comb" is very apparent. The "wattles" on the Ptarmigan are quite inconspicuous. See the following link;

flynn.jeannette 8 years ago

Amazing! What is that red dash above its eye?

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 8 years ago

Wonderful pictures! At the right time to spot the change in feathers!
A definite SOTD!

kittuandme 8 years ago

the best winter pic!

MeredithNudo 8 years ago

Love his little yeti-looking feet <3

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Great spotting!! Congratulations!

MacChristiansen 8 years ago

congratulations for SOTD

Congratulations Randy on this Wonderful Spotting and SotD !

Matthijs 8 years ago


alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Thank You for sharing your most beautiful bird!

Jeannette 8 years ago

Beautiful, congratulations :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Congratulations great spotting :)

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Nice spotting ..Congrats..

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Interesting last picture to present their mimic seasonal form to the surroundings....

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Wonderful Bird... Arctic world is so amazing with such great fauna.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Congratulations Randy. Very nice camouflaged bird!

Beautiful capture Randy,congrats and thanks for sharing

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

great spotting and photos! Congratulations !!

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

Congratulations, Randy!!

Randy Burns
Randy Burns 8 years ago

Well THANK YOU everyone for the warm welcome and positive support! Only been here 3 days and I already feel at home. :)

JillBlack 8 years ago

Beautiful bird and congratulations

Randy Burns
Spotted by
Randy Burns

Nunavut, Canada

Spotted on Sep 29, 2008
Submitted on Nov 22, 2012


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