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Photo Info

Dimensions7227 x 4800
Original file size27.3 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken17-Aug-06 08:26
Date modified5-Mar-17 00:05
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D2X
Focal length600 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.7
Exposure1/500 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias-2/3 EV
Exposure prog.Aperture priority
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modePattern
American Pika_DSC0081

American Pika_DSC0081

Residents of high elevation talus slopes, American Pikas (Ochtona princeps) are fun to watch. They keep themselves busy all day gathering up a variety of forbs growing in between the rocks. Each mouthful is taken to a special spot where it is either added to a haystack or spread out on a rock to dry in the sun.

The Pika, despite the bitterly cold winters, will not hibernate, but live out the winter under the snow maintaining access to the food it stored.

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO