A Pronghorn buck in winter

A Pronghorn buck in winterA Pronghorn buck in winter – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

It has been quite some time since I have photographed Pronghorn on Antelope Island State Park because it seems that the Pronghorn have kept mostly to the west and south sides of the island this winter. This image is from about a year ago when there was heavy snow on the island and a herd of Pronghorn were searching for food not too far from the Visitor’s Center. The Pronghorn were nibbling on the dried Moth Mullein stems and weren’t paying much attention to us until another car pulled up and the people in it jumped out of the vehicle. Then the Pronghorn became nervous and moved away from us and the other people.

I can understand the excitement of the people in that vehicle though because until I moved to Utah I could not get close to the Pronghorn I saw in Colorado or Wyoming because they were super skittish and wary of people. But on Antelope Island State Park and some locations in southwestern Montana I can get close enough to take images of these amazing creatures.

Mia

 

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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.

6 Comments

  1. Gorgeous creature. Great shot.

  2. Another excellent place to get closer to semi-habituated pronghorns is outside Gardiner, Montana. If you visit Yellowstone, just take the road that runs north/northwest out of Gardiner, past the high school into the open country beyond.

  3. Beautiful close up of such a handsome, skittish creature…last time I saw a herd of them was on ab Wyoming “gentle men’s” ranch, owned by a group of four wealthy men who raised long horns and Arabians as tax write offs and came out from the city to hunt anything that flew or had four legs. One of them made porn movies.

  4. Gorgeous … and wow, did you ever get the light just right, too!!!!! Love it!!!

  5. Wow! I never seen one before and will likely never see one with such clarity. Amazing photo!

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