Birds and Mammals from the past week

Bison Bull

Bison bull

It has been a slow week bird-wise but never the less I’ve been out taking images of birds and mammals such as this grazing Bison bull near the Visitor Center on Antelope Island State Park with the Great Salt Lake and Promontory Point in the background.

Great Horned OwlGreat Horned Owl

Then finding a Great Horned Owl in an unusual and unexpected location near a bridge on the cause way to Antelope Island State Park. There are some Rabbitbrush nearby, plenty of boulders and mud flats. I thought it was just a fluke and that the owl would quickly move on but I spotted the owl in that location again two days ago. This is a terrible image and I hope to get the owl in better light if it does stick around.

Coyote baring teethCoyote baring teeth

I think this Coyote was just urinating as it stopped in front of the pickup but I am not sure why it was baring its teeth in this frame at all.

Horned LarkHorned Lark

The sweet calls of Horned Larks have been delighting me out on Antelope Island and in the west desert, this male was shaking its feathers after a very brief preening session.

Young Pronghorn BuckYoung Pronghorn Buck

This is a young Pronghorn buck that came so close to the pickup two days ago that I opted to just do portraits of him as he chewed on some vegetation.

Adult White-crowned Sparrow on a wild RoseAdult White-crowned Sparrow on a wild Rose

There are several wild Rose bushes along the gravel roads at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area and at this time of the year I always hope to find sparrows perched on them because of the red rosehips, this image didn’t have the rose hips visible but I like the alert pose of the adult White-crowned Sparrow, the laciness of the leaves and the smooth background.

Just a few images from this past week.


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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. Wow, you really have been slaughtering mammals (with your lens) lately. Very impressive shots. Sweet Horned Lark too! I still don’t have a pic of one that I like.

  2. I find the image of the Young Pronghorn Buck eating grass great!

  3. Love the photos, Mia, especially the Pronghorn!

  4. Awesome post, just thought I’d mention, the coyote’s behavior-the baring of the teeth, or growling while urinating- is something my cat did when he had a bladder infection, a natural reaction to pain. While I hope that isn’t the case here, it could be one explanation.

  5. Awesome!

  6. GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS!!!! Fantastic photos!!!! I think the coyote looks like it’s pooping!! Thank you again for the great shots!!

  7. Beautiful images, Mia! I love them all, especially the young buck.

  8. That bison image is my favorite. They are all beautiful. Wonder why that coyote is growling. Carol

  9. I laughed aloud when I scrolled to the Pronghorn portrait, Mia. It’s fabulous! And I love the Horned Lark image. You’re so fortunate to have a park like this near you.

  10. Another great post, I love the Young Pronghorn Buck, but, all of them are beautiful photos.

  11. WOW!!! The coyote baring teeth is a bit scary:) Hopefully not at you. All wonderful images. Lots of great stuff here.

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