By: Joyce Gellhorn(Author), Calvin Whitehall(Illustrator)
134 pages, colour photos, maps
Celebrating the white-tailed ptarmigan in a month-by-month photographic essay, White-Tailed Ptarmigan: Ghosts of the Alpine Tundra reveals the elusive habits of the only bird capable of surviving on the harsh, alpine tundra of the Rocky Mountains throughout the year. Packed with great photos of these fascinating birds, the reader will discover an appreciation and awe for the adaptations of a species living on the edge, a species that contends with bitter cold, fierce winter storms and short breeding seasons.
"[...] This book is particularly recommended to anyone who hopes to see White-tailed Ptarmigan, especially in Colorado. There is a wealth of information here that could possibly help, such as the fact that the birds leave their winter range by April 20th (I made it with less than a week to spare!). Additionally, there is a very detailed map of the bird’s range in the state (it includes county lines and some cities). But the photographs would be useful to someone searching for this bird anywhere.
But I would go even further and recommend it to everyone. This is a fascinating bird, and the author has presented a wonderful glimpse into its singular life and world."
- Grant McCreary (20-07-2007), read the full review at The Birder's Library
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