The Secret to Making a Pika Yawn on Cue

Jay Ryser

Lakewood, United States

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I’ve had pretty slim pickin’s for pika models this summer. This little guy is the only consistent pika I’ve found so far. He’s nearly doubled his weight in the last four weeks, and he’s no longer the gray color of his infancy. He’s getting the caramel brown coloring that comeS with adulthood.

I have to camp out in a talus field at 14,000ft to visit with him. In the thirty or so minutes I spent with him, I discovered a consistent way to get him to stretch and yawn – most of my images from that day were exactly of that – I saved about 8 images from over 300 that showed his best action.

The secret to getting a pika to yawn on cue? That’s going to have to wait – I’m working on an article and I don’t want to ruin the drama of waiting for the answer.

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

Shot in RAW, processed in Lightroom 3 and Nik software

ISO 200, f/7.1, 250mm, 1/1250sec

I have a LOT more images on my WEB SITE

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