Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 270 - Alpine Chough

The pictures of birds from my time in Europe come to an end this week with the The Alpine Chough (also called the Yellow Billed Chough) - Pyrrhocorax graculus.

I saw these birds in Switzerland - where I spent a week walking and being blown away by the landscape.  On most days I was not in the mood to carry a long lens into the mountains, so I did not get many bird pictures.

I had really wanted to see this species, and I was not let down by them.  The birds on the 'road' sign were at Jungfraujoch, and the combination of very bright sunshine, lots of snow and even more tourists mad bird photography a wee bit of a challenge!

Anyway, here is the The Alpine Chough.  One fact I can't let slip past, is that this species may breed at a higher altitude than other bird.  It has been seen on Mount Everest at an altitude of 8,200 m (26,900 ft)!  Impressive I have to say.






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21 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That is quite a hardy bird. Should we pronounce its name as in "though" or "cough" or "through" or "plough".... English is funny!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, looks similar to a blackbird. It does have an interesting name or names. Great photos, thanks for hosting. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Findlay Wilde said...

Brilliant bird to see. Bet the scenery up there was amazing.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
A wonderful 'shooting'! I'd give anything just to spot one of our local choughs, which in theory are plentiful round here... three years and counting! YAM xx

Sharon Wagner said...

Switzerland. It must have been a great trip.

Linda W. said...

Looks like that bird posed for you!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Neat looking blackbird. That yellow beak rocks.

Beth said...

A rather mundane looking bird, but the elevations that it lives and breeds is extraordinary!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I was surprised how bright its wings look from above. What a sturdy bird to live and breed at that altitude. Amazing trip for you.

Mary Cromer said...

WOW they must certainly be very solid and strong birds to withstand the temperatures and properties of Mt Everest I should say. What a great time you must have had to visit Switzerland...my mother God rest her soul, her dream vacation was always going to be to visit Switzerland. It never happened, but when I think of that beautiful place, I think of her~

Marie Smith said...

Looks like crows here except for the beak. Sturdy looking bird.

Gayle said...

Glad you were able to see one and then sharing.

Anu said...

Hello! It is an amazing bird. Thank you for hosting.

Rhodesia said...

Love these shots but the in flight one is spectacular. Well done. Have a good week, cheers Diane

David Gascoigne said...

Great bird. I have seen this species in Ethiopia and if I am not mistaken in the Pyrenees in Spain. I am glad you had your camera with you that day!

Ida said...

Nice shots of this bird and wow they really can fly high.

Missy George said...

Love the in flight picture..Nice series..Hope you are having a good week..

TheChieftess said...

That top photo is a stunner Stewart!!!

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful bird, Stewart! Lovely shots! I am a day late getting my bird posted. Was in Redmond all day yesterday because of hubby's Dr. apt and getting groceries, and I didn't get on here till this morning....

Pat Tillett said...

It's a beautiful and hardy bird. Great photos of it Stewart.

Lady Fi said...

Wonderful shots.