Bison Bull Shedding

Bison bull sheddingBison bull shedding – Nikon D200, handheld, f13, 1/200, ISO 250, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 135mm, natural light

Every day that I spend in the field is always marvelous but it seems especially wonderful during the change of seasons because I feel a heightened sense of anticipation for the first of the year birds, the first spotting of wildflowers blooming or the seasonal changes that wildlife exhibits in behavior or appearance.

After a winter of seeing Bison (Bison bison) with thick winter coats I’ve begun to see them shedding to their summer coats. I photographed this Bison bull two days ago while he was grazing on the tender green shoots of grasses and although he looks very shaggy I know that soon his haunches and hindquarters will be very sleek looking.

I have also recently noticed that I am only seeing bulls, the cows are noticeably absent which means they are seeking quiet locations to drop their calves.

Spring has sprung!



  1. Jann G April 7, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Aw, nice to see a bison photo…I moved from S Dakota last Oct., to Florida. I have many shots of the bison in Custer State Park; loved visiting there.

    • Mia McPherson April 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you Jann, I’m sure you will miss seeing Bison in Florida. I know I missed seeing mountains when I lived there myself. It is always great to see Bison wandering the open prairies.

  2. Bob Zeller April 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    A great shot of a difficult to expose creature, Mia.

    • Mia McPherson April 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Thank you Bob, your comments are much appreciated.

  3. Julie G. April 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    What a marvelous sight! He’s quite the handsome fellow. Exceptional photograph!

    • Mia McPherson April 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Julie, he is a handsome bull even with his shagginess!

  4. Carol Mattingly April 5, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Mia you captured the pose on this bison perfectly. His hind is perfect and his face. That is fantastic and the light isn’t bad either. I love this image. Carol

    • Mia McPherson April 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

      Thnank you Carol for your very kind comment on this image.

  5. Tammy Karr April 5, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Great capture of the Bison! They are such magnificent creatures!

    • Mia McPherson April 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

      I agree 100% Tammy, Bison are magnificent creatures.

  6. Dan Huber April 5, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Wonderful to see, and great detail Mia.

    • Mia McPherson April 6, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Thanks much for your cumment Dan!

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