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