Bison Bull Drinking from a Puddle

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Bison drinking water from a puddleBison drinking water from a puddle – Nikon D300, f11, 1/640, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 350mm, natural light

I photographed this Amrerican Bison bull a few days ago on Antelope Island State Park as he was drinking from a freshwater puddle formed by rains over the weekend. I wanted to capture photos of him as he lifted his head and show the water running down fron his bearded jaw.

So he drank and I waited. And waited. The bull must have been powerfully thirsty because he kept on drinking. And I waited some more. I believe he could have drank a bathtub full of water.

Finally his thirst must have been quenched and he lifted his massive head and stared at me with water dripping from his beard. I think this image was worth the wait.


PS: I was inside of a vehicle when I photographed this Bison, it is far safer doing that than by photographing on foot. Bison can be extremely dangerous. 


  1. Julie Brown September 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Very nice! That puddle must have been deep enough to get the whole muzzle wet.

    • Mia McPherson September 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Thank you Julie,

      I agree the puddle must have been deep enough to get the whole muzzle wet, there may have been a rut in the road right there.

  2. Dan Huber September 8, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Stunning photo, you captured the powerful size of the animal so well.

    • Mia McPherson September 9, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks Dan, they are very powerful.

  3. Julie G. September 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Definitely worth the wait! What a magnificent creature! You capture wildlife behavior like no other, Mia. Awesome photograph!

    • Mia McPherson September 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks Julie, I thought it was worth the wait but he was very thirsty!

  4. Nicole September 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    What a cutie pie!!! I am sure that he would not appreciate that comment, however he is very sweet and good-looking!!

    • Mia McPherson September 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Nicole! He really did look cute.

  5. Carol Mattingly September 6, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I’m sure you were a great distance away. I can imagine how large he is. I was somewhat close to elk last year and watched to make sure they weren’t being disturbed by me. Love that water running down is jaw. Wow what a head on that guy. Carol

    • Mia McPherson September 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Carol, I was a respectable distance away from the Bison and I was inside of a vehicle. These massive Bison are wild and can be dangerous. He didn’t care that I was as close as I was but if I had gotten out and tried to get closer on foot I might have been trampled. They do have huge heads! Thanks for commenting.

  6. Hilke Breder September 6, 2012 at 7:46 am

    Wonderful shot, Mia! Glad you could wait it out. We saw many bisons when visiting Yellowstone Park many years ago. Such magnificent animals! We felt safe watching them from our car as you probably did too.

    • Mia McPherson September 6, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Hilke, I was inside of a vehicle, I should have mentioned that in my post. These huge Bison can be dangerous when they are provoked, when the rut is on or when they feel threatened. They are magnificent animals. Thanks so much for your comment.

  7. Bob Bushell September 6, 2012 at 7:10 am

    What a gorgeous animal, superb photo.

    • Mia McPherson September 6, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Bob, American Bison are gorgeous, impressive animals.

  8. Beverly Everson September 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Definitely worth the wait! Wow!

    • Mia McPherson September 6, 2012 at 7:52 am

      Thank you for your comment Beverly

  9. Larry Jordan September 6, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Worth the wait indeed Mia! Beautiful shot and your depth of field is perfect! The look in his eye is very gentle. Is he?

    • Mia McPherson September 6, 2012 at 7:50 am

      Larry, thanks for commenting on this image. I think the bull does have a peaceful look in his eye but I sure would not want to tick this 1500+ pound beast off!

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