The American Bison Calves Are Not so Little or Red Now

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An American Bison Calf in MayAn American Bison Calf in May – Nikon D810, f11, 1/640, ISO 1600, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Newly born American Bison calves are called “Reds” or Little Reds” after they are born in the spring and compared to the darker adults they appear very red. When I took the portrait above in May the calves were just a few weeks old. I had low light the day I took this, hence the high ISO.

An American Bison Calf in JulyAn American Bison Calf in July – Nikon D810, f10, 1/1000, ISO 400, -1.0 EV,  Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I took this portrait last week which was about two months later than the first portrait and the calves aren’t as red any more and they certainly aren’t as little. It doesn’t take long for the bison calves to lose the reddish tones to their fur.

Life is good.

Mia

3 Comments

  1. Utahbooklover August 8, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for the contrasting images and pointing out the red color too. I love Bison!

  2. Elephant's Child August 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Love those melting eyes…

  3. Patty Chadwick August 6, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Can’t get passed that first shot!!! What a cutie!!! Proves that “buffalo” / bison really do have ears!!! What GREAT portrait….LOVE IT!!!!

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