Felix Smith

Willow ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus buried in the snow

I photographed this fantastic bird in a residential area of Hay River, NWT, Canada during winter. During the winter, ptarmigan will use snow as a shelter, burrowing deep to escape the bitter wind and predators like fox and marten. Adaptations such as these have earned the rock ptarmigan its place as an Arctic symbol-and as the official bird of Nunavut.

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