Grazing American Bison Bull

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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!

Mia

15 Comments

  1. Dan Huber November 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

    wonderful images Mia, such a beautiful animal.

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Dan, they are magnificent animals and great subjects.

  2. Rohrerbot November 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Chris, did a little bird(er) named Kathie tell you how magical Antelope Island is? 🙂 They are gorgeous animals, thanks for commenting.

  3. M. Firpi November 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      I like the eye contact in the first image too Maria, thanks for your comment.

  4. Fern Culhane November 1, 2012 at 10:33 am

    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!

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      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. Julie G. November 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

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

  6. Prairie Birder November 1, 2012 at 9:49 am

    A very scenic shot!

  7. Azstu November 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Great shots How close were you?

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Stu, I’d estimate about 20 feet away from the Bison, there was no way I could use my 200-400mm lens.

  8. Bob Bushell November 1, 2012 at 7:53 am

    That’s really good, very close.

    • Mia McPherson November 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      The bull was very close, thanks Bob!

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