Arctic chicken

By: Arjen Drost

Aug 08 2010

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Category: Birds, Polar

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Focal Length:420mm
Shutter:1/500 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Svalbard Ptarmigan

Almost all birds on Spitsbergen leave the area in winter. For good reason as it’s cold and dark there in that time. The only birds that stay are the Spitsbergen Ptarmigan, a distinct subspecies of the Ptarmigan. They move around a little, going to the higher windswept ridges where some vegetation aren’t snow-covered in winter. Here they manage to find enough food to survive winter. To survive the cold temperatures they have an extra layer of feathers and feathered feet. Even with this adaptations I have great respect for these small animals facing some hard times next winter.


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