It’s been a while since I’ve found a cooperative pika. Summer is drawing to an end in the high country, and this little guy is well aware of that. Since pikas don’t hibernate, they have tp gather enough food to last them the long alpine winter. Pikas gather an average of 50lbs/22.7kg of food – for an 8oz/226g critter, that’s pretty impressive.

This little guy seems to be favoring his left front paw – I wonder if it’s injured. In all my images of him, he’s holding up that paw. It didn’t seem to slow him down, but it is a little concerning considering how much work he still has ahead of him. Since I’m recovering from knee surgery, I felt particularly empathic towards him. I hope he heals soon.

American Pika (Ochotona princeps)
Mt Evans Wilderness Area, CO, USA
Sony a580
Sony 70-400

Shot in RAW, processed in Lightroom 4 and Nik software

ISO 200, f/7.1, 250mm, 1/800sec, +2/3EV


jay ryser, pika, wildlife, colorado, rocky mountains, alpine

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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  • Kim Barton
    Kim Bartonabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful! I hope you both heal soon:)

  • CBoyle
    CBoyleabout 2 years ago

    Great snap Jay these little fellas are so cute :)

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelabout 2 years ago

    soooo cute

  • BasantSoni
    BasantSoniabout 2 years ago

    Remarkable capture..

  • BasantSoni
    BasantSoniabout 2 years ago

    Remarkable capture..

  • Kymie
    Kymieabout 2 years ago

    That is a great shot, hope the poor little thing was okay.

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Kellerabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful image Jay! Good luck with your recovery!

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

    1 Image per 24 hrs 2012/08/20
    Excellent capture!

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123about 2 years ago

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