All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

This Male <strong>Ptarmigan</strong> is sporting his summer plumage. In the fall he will molt and grow in pure white feathers so he will be camouflaged in the winter snows. Note his feathered feet, they are adapted to work like snowshoes to allow him t...
This Male Ptarmigan is sporting his summer plumage. In the fall he will molt and grow in pure white feathers so he will be camouflaged in the winter snows. Note his feathered feet, they are adapted to work like snowshoes to allow him to walk on top of the snow. This photo was taken from the window of the tour bus.
There is a town in Alaska called Chicken. It was originally called Ptarmigan, but the early inhabitants couldn't spell that, so they changed it to Chicken (which is what they called the Ptarmigan)!

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