An American Bison and the Great Salt Lake

Starling hitchhiking a ride on a BisonStarling hitching a ride on a Bison – Nikon D300, f8, 1/100, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 170mm, natural light

I am so very fortunate to live where I can see American Bison routinely on Antelope Island State Park. Each time I see Bison grazing on the island I think of how close we came to losing them and how they came very near to the brink of extinction.

I love to get images of the American Bison near the Great Salt Lake especially if there are mountains in the background so I was happy to get the snow covered Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake in this image that I created in 2012.  I also had the added bonus of a European Starling hitching a ride on the bull’s thick winter coat.


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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. A very well-composed image. Each layer has an interesting element.

  2. I wish our well-paid “representatives” in Washington could get along as well as these two…but, then maybe bird brains are superior….

  3. it s an impressive animal, well catched mia, with the little bird in extra on his back ;))
    have a nice sunday

  4. Such a majestic animal. Such an amazing scene. Such an incredible photo.

  5. Wonderful composition. I especially like how we can see detail in the bison but still see the water in focus, gradually fading to the soft focus of the mountains.

  6. Amazing photo of the Bison. They are so huge. Nice you caught him by the lake.

  7. Beautiful animal, excellent shot, I love the mountains in the back Mia, wonderful job!

  8. I’ll bet that you were so excited, your picture of the Bison is remarkable.

  9. I feel very fortunate to enjoy the work of photographers and conservationists such as yourself, Mia.
    Yes! It’s pretty daunting to think we may have lost these impressive creatures forever. And yet, there are still species going extinct today, though we seem numb to the fact somehow – almost helpless in the face of it at times.

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