Pronghorn on a December Day

It has been a while since I have seen Pronghorn on Antelope Island State Park close enough to photograph so I was delighted when they were within my focal range yesterday.

Pronghorn doePronghorn doe – Nikon D810, f8, 1/1250, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The pronghorn must have been on the west side of the island which isn’t accessible by vehicles (yet) and I have missed their presence. They aren’t true antelope as the name of the island suggests but Pronghorn Island State Park probably wouldn’t roll off the tongue as well as Antelope Island State Park does.

Pronghorn buckPronghorn buck – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

This doe and buck were in a herd of about 40 to 50 on the south end of the island and it was interesting to me to see how large the fawns were that were born this spring. They sure grow quick and within just days the tiny fawns can keep up with the adults.

I hope that this winter I will have the opportunity to photograph these Pronghorn in the snow.

They are amazing animals.

Life is good.

Mia

3 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child December 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    I really hope you get to photograph them in the snow too. Love these shots though.. Thank you.

  2. Utahbooklover December 20, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Yes, amazing animals and always get excited by their presence, and so fast when running. The common names people give animals can be misleading but we do like those words that roll off the tongue.

  3. Sharon December 20, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I live in northern Arizona and see Pronghorns quite frequently in the field behind my house. When they move on to other fields, I worry about their safety. You could say I’m very protective of “my herd”! I am blessed to have their presence so near. Thanks for the great photos!

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