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John McPherson on the Ptarmigan

Photographer John McPherson recalls the moment while winter walking in the Cairngorm mountains he came across the enigmatic ptarmigan.

Ideally suited to its mountain habitat the ptarmigan enthralled photographer John McPherson as he climbed in the Cairngorms one winter's day. At one point a wheeling lone bird crash landed beside him, looking almost embarrassed to take a tumble.

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