Back in the talus field at 14,000ft, stalking my favorite photographic prey – the wily pika.
There’s an interesting article on pikas on the August 2010 issue of Wyoming Wildlife – I keep trying to find an online version without success, but basically it looks at some of the more recent pika research, and suggests that many of the assumptions we had about pikas might be incorrect, and that pikas might be more adaptable than we think.
Pikas do have heavy coats to protect them in severe alpine environments – high winds, icy cold. They even have dense between their toes and on the tip of their nose (the only place they don’t have fur is on their eyes).
Anyway (my wife’s favorite expression during our conversations), this little gal is gathering food for the winter. Pikas don’t hibernate, so must gather enough for their pantries to last many cold months. She weighs about 6 ounces, but will gather in excess of 50 pounds of food, which she stores under the talus.
American Pika (Ochotona princeps)
Mt Evans Wilderness Area, CO
Jobu gimbal, Feisol tripod
ISO 320, f/6.3, 400mm, 1/1600sec
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