Lapland Longpur, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska
A Lapland Longspur sits perched on the ground in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, its small form well-adapted to the cold.
These birds are known for their distinctive black and white patterning and long, spiky tail feathers.
Despite the harsh winter weather, the Lapland Longspur seems undaunted, its bright eyes and energetic demeanor a testament to the resilience of wildlife in the face of the elements.
Lapland Longspur, female, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.
Calcarius lapponicus. Photo © copyright by Carl Donohue.