Grazing American Bison Bull

Bison bull grazingBison bull grazing – Nikon D200, handheld, f13, 1/500, ISO 320, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 105mm, natural light

Yesterday I had an opportunity to photograph this Bison bull grazing on Antelope Island State Park with the mountains of Promontory Point in the background with just a small bit of the Great Salt Lake showing too.

Bison bull grazing with Promontory Point in the backgroundBison bull grazing with Promontory Point in the background – Nikon D200, handheld, f13, 1/500, ISO 320, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 80mm, natural light

The Bison was so close that I had to put my D300 with the Nikkor 200-400mm VR lens attached down and grab my backup D200 with the Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens to get these images.

I’ve wanted to take images of Bison with the mountains and the Great Salt Lake in the background for a while now, maybe next time there will be snow on the ground!


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. wonderful images Mia, such a beautiful animal.

  2. Very nice Mia! That is one gorgeous animal. I’ve heard of this magical place full of wonders for the photographer:)

  3. Both of them are nice, but the first one is very nice with the eye contact.

  4. was this one of the “grand-dads” that are left alone after the round-up? Am wondering if there is a way to visually approximate age for these magnificent creatures….so enjoy getting a taste of Antelope Islandin my mailbox! Thanks!

    • Hi Fern, I’m seeing very few calves on the island now and i think they are the Bison that are culled so the cows and bulls are left to produce more in the spring. I’m not sure if there is a visual way to tell the age of the bison but that is a good question. Glad you are enjoying getting a taste of Antelope Island through my posts! Thanks for commenting.

  5. He’s magnificent, Mia! So are your photographs!

  6. Great shots How close were you?

  7. That’s really good, very close.

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