Bruno D'Amicis - Tough, mountain creatures


While hiking high on a mountain range in the Italian Apennines, on the look for chamois, my attention got caught by the unusual shape of a leafless shrub, with branches looking like a witch’s fingers and that was stubbornly growing on an almost vertical cliff. After taking some pctures of the plant, I sat down to eat my lunch. Then, as if out of nowhere, a small flock of Alpine choughs, the toughest birds of the Paleartic mountains, appeared in the sky and started circling above my head. I mounted my long tele to take some flight shots, but secretly hoping for one bird to perch on the graphic plant. Choughs don’t perch on plants, my ornithological background told me, as they prefer rocks, soil and buildings. Sure enough, science proved once more to not be the only truth and a bird gracefully landed on the lowest branch of the shrub. And, as if it was just a dream, the powerful contact between those two tough mountain creatures lasted only a few seconds.

Tags: alpine chough, apennines, bruno damicis, mountains, pyrrhocorax graculus

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  1. Sven Zacek said:

    29/03/2011 15:05

    You are so lucky! Birds never perch on the branches I wish them to! Tell me your secret!

  2. mel said:

    09/04/2011 13:42

    i like this picture and those birds :-) the rock looks very similar to switzerlands jura, where i often go for rock climbing. i guess this here would be a nice area for that aswell...

  3. Jaak said:

    19/04/2011 19:28

    Bruno, you voice what probably most of us have experienced regarding the (observational) science of nature -- living nature is of individuals, but science is of majority (unless you dig very deep into research papers).

    You need just one exception out of a million to find out (and get that exceptional shot also) what science has not presented (yet).