Wildlife: preparing for winter
PIKA AT LAKE LOUISE, BANFF NATIONAL PARK, ALBERTA
I fished back into the archives and landed this photo from October 2007. According to Wikipedia, pikas prefer rocky slopes and graze on grasses, flowers, and young stems. In the autumn, they pull hay, soft twigs, and other stores of food into their burrows to eat during the long, cold winter. Pikas are also known as the “whistling hare” for their high-pitched alarm call when diving into their burrows.
At Lake Louise, these creatures are quite accustomed to people. In fact, I recall this little guy often came so close to me that my lens couldn’t focus on him (her?). Oh, and the white-ish spots you see in the photo? That’s autumn snow! Nikon D50
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