"up to the ratchek hut"
I hope to obtain a better picture tomorrow. When Peggy and I arrived at Island Lake after the 2.4 mile hike, we started scanning the entire bowl of glacial rock before us. Whenever I found a 'candidate', we would wait for some movement. We found this one atop a peak to our left. Peggy saw it move, I took these pictures, and later we could not refind it - proving it was not a rock! Here, though, in this very distant, very grainy picture, you can see the reddish striping on the face, the clear breast, the general size, the small head and bill.
The Himalayan Snowcock (Tetraogallus himalayensis) is a snowcock in the pheasant family Phasianidae found across the Himalayan ranges and parts of the adjoining Pamir range of Asia. It is found on alpine pastures and on steep rocky cliffs where they will dive down the hill slopes to escape. It overlaps with the slightly smaller Tibetan Snowcock in parts of its wide range. The populations from different areas show variations in the colouration and about five subspecies...