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The Deadliest Animal Above Tree-Line by Jay Ryser

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The Deadliest Animal Above Tree-Line by 

Nah, not really.

Pikas are harmless little mammals, closely related to rabbits. He’s not acting aggressively – he’s just yawning.

American Pika (Ochotona princeps)
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Sony a700
Sony 70-400
Jobu gimbal, Feisol tripod

Shot in RAW, processed in Lightroom 3 and Nik software

ISO 400, f/8, 400mm, 1/1000sec

I have a LOT more images on my WEB SITE


pika, yawn, sleepy, colorado, wildlife, endangered

I’m primarily a nature photographer, usually wildlife, and I have lots of access to wildlife in Colorado. My main goal is to capture some of the individual personality of each of the animals I photograph – to document not just a fox, for instance, but to show something of that specific fox, something unique about that individual animal.

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  • Denzil
    Denzilabout 3 years ago

    Sure hooked me in!! He is a cutie – lovely catch. I really like the symmetry of the pika and the rock he’s sitting on…

  • They perch on these rocks and just disappear – I had to crank the contrast up a bit to make him stand out a little

    – Jay Ryser

  • Navigator
    Navigatorabout 3 years ago

    Nah. You didn’t fool me. Sweet looking little guy. Very cute capture!

  • Wait to you see them at FULL yawn – terrifying

    – Jay Ryser

  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonabout 3 years ago

    Your images are so adorable!!!

  • It’s easy with cute little critters like pikas

    – Jay Ryser

  • ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography
    ©FoxfireGaller...about 3 years ago

    LOL, are they not adorable. He is probably shouting at they other to run and hide, there is guy with that camera again….lol

    Really nice capture

  • Nah – he went to sleep shortly after this – and a big gust of wind almost blew him over!

    – Jay Ryser

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzabout 3 years ago

    LOL!! Excellent pose.

  • Thanks Randy

    – Jay Ryser

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Chris Snyder
    Chris Snyderabout 3 years ago

    Check out those fierce incisors! Nice shot Jay.

  • They’re perfect for yanking up plants by their roots!

    – Jay Ryser

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 3 years ago

    Cute shot Jay!!

  • Thanks Marvin

    – Jay Ryser

  • JamesA1
    JamesA1about 3 years ago

    ha..excellent pic!

  • Thanks James

    – Jay Ryser

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartabout 3 years ago

    Great shot Jay, nice timing!

  • It’s almost time to see them again – I can barely wait

    – Jay Ryser

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