Nap Time

Jay Ryser

Lakewood, United States

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I admit it – I love pikas. They’re the most fascinating little animals. This little guy started out as the juvenile I posted earlier and he’s now at adult size and coloring.

At 14,000ft, summer is rapidly drawing to a close, and he’s in high gear trying to gather enough food to last him through the harsh winter. Unlike their alpine cousins, the marmot, pikas don’t hibernate and are active all winter long. Even though they weigh only 8oz/226g, they must gather more than 50lbs/22.7kg of vegetation to survive the winter.

He was maniacally gathering food most of the morning that I was with them, running back and forth in the talus, and finally decided he deserved a rest. He looked as if he were about to drift off to sleep, and then did a long stretch and yawn – I have the entire series recorded. He then ducked under the talus and disappeared for a bit, presumably to catch a quick nap.

American Pika (Ochotona princeps)
Mt Evans Wilderness Area, CO, USA
Sony a580
Sony 70-400 with CPL
Feisol tripod, Jobu gimbal

Shot in RAW, processed in Lightroom 3 and Nik software

ISO 200, f/8, 330mm, 1/320sec

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