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.



  1. Seagullsteve November 8, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson November 9, 2012 at 6:56 am

      I hope you get some killer Horned Lark images soon Steve! Thanks so much for commenting.

  2. M. Firpi November 8, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson November 9, 2012 at 6:56 am

      Thanks Maria, I like that one too

  3. Prairie Birder November 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Love the photos, Mia, especially the Pronghorn!

  4. Susan November 7, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    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.

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 5:10 am

      Thank you Susan, I wondered too if the Coyote was having pain while urinating. I suppose nature will work it out of that is the case.

  5. Jim Braswell November 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm


    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 5:09 am

      Thank you Jim, I have great subjects!

  6. Nicole November 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 5:08 am

      Thanks Nicole, you comments are much appreciated!

  7. Hilke Breder November 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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

  8. Tami November 7, 2012 at 8:05 am

    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.

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 5:00 am

      Tami, I really do feel lucky to have Antelope Island so close, it is an amazing place for birds, scenery and wildlife.

  9. Carol Mattingly November 7, 2012 at 8:58 am

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

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 5:01 am

      Thanks Carol, I like that Bison image too. The Coyote wasn’t growling, I think it was feeling some pain while urinating.

  10. Bob Bushell November 7, 2012 at 6:57 am

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

  11. Rohrerbot November 7, 2012 at 6:07 am

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

    • Mia McPherson November 8, 2012 at 4:59 am

      Chris, I’m certain the Coyote wasn’t baring its teeth at me, I think it was having some pain urinating. But I like the image anyway! Thanks for commenting.

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