Rock Ptarmigan

Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) seen beneath the summit of Meall Garbh in Glen Lyon Scotland. Can you see the other one???

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Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jun 16, 2008 3:06 am - Voted 10/10

He, he...

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!

Boydie

Boydie - Jun 16, 2008 3:18 am - Hasn't voted

Re: He, he...

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.
Cheers
Stephen

lcarreau

lcarreau - Jun 16, 2008 12:40 pm - Voted 10/10

Ptarmigans are

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. :)

Boydie

Boydie - Jun 16, 2008 3:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Ptarmigans are

They also make the strangest sounds for a bird. Sounds more like a frog!

Nanuls

Nanuls - Nov 26, 2008 6:39 am - Voted 10/10

Not a White-tailed Ptarmigan

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.
Cheers
Dan

Boydie

Boydie - Nov 26, 2008 6:56 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Not a White-tailed Ptarmigan

Hi Dan,
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!!
Stephen

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