The other is playing hide and seek with you. I didn't know there were Ptarmigans in Scotland. You learn something every day... Nice picture!
Yes, they tend to be found on the higher mountains of Scotland due to the Arctic-like landscape. Have heard them a number of times, but this was the first time I've ever had the pleasure with the naked eye.
funny birds. In the North American
species, their plumage or feathers turn
white in winter. They also bury themselves
in the snow in winter, with only their
heads sticking up out of the snow. They
enjoy playing games with people. :)
They also make the strangest sounds for a bird. Sounds more like a frog!
Hey Stephen, I don't think this is a White-tailed Ptarmigan, as far as I know they are only found in the Americas. I think it's far more likely to be a rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus), it looks more like one too.
Thanks for pointing that out. I have corrected the information.
These are not the kind of birds that I was used to spotting, so my identifying skills aint so good!!