I photographed a few birds yesterday on Antelope Island but my favorite images that I created yesterday were of this American Bison dust bathing.
Bison roll in wallows to groom themselves and remove loose fur.
It is also thought that they take dust baths to chase off the flies that plague them during the warmer months of the year and that the dust left on their skin and fur may help prevent bites.
What ever the reason, I find it interesting to watch the large animals roll around in the dust…
Rubbing their backs on the ground…
And kicking up the dust in the wallow.
This was a fairly dark bull but its hindquarters look to be the same color as the dust he is bathing in.
These bulls are large, from 1500 to 2000 pounds and they roll around with great ease.
When the bull stopped rolling briefly the dust seemed to hang around in the air.
And then he started to roll around again.
And kicked up more dust.
Even his dark nose had a layer of dust on it.
And when the bison stood up he shook some of the dust off before he started to move away. The American Bison dust bath only lasted about one minute, I wish I could shower that fast some mornings! Especially when I am running late.
Life is good.
Techs for these images: Nikon D810, f7.1, ISO 400, -1.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, shutter speeds between 1/320 and 1/640.