Young Bull Moose Plus Least Chipmunks In A Mountain Canyon

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I haven’t just found and photographed birds this week, I have also had some furry creatures in my viewfinder including a young bull Moose and plenty of Least Chipmunks.

Young bull Moose nibbling on willows, Little Emigration Canyon, Morgan County, UtahYoung bull Moose nibbling on willows – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 640, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

While I was photographing birds near a creek on the 6th of August I kept hearing crunching noises, the sound of branches or something being stepped on and this young bull Moose was what was making those noises. He wasn’t visible at first but then I scoped a dark area with my lens and saw his face. After moving up the hill a bit I could sometimes get a full view of his face.

But he was close and this image is full frame and simply resized for web presentation. I had several images where I clipped ears or his muzzle because of being too close. I could have taken off my teleconverter but then I might have missed this shot.

His eyelashes appeared to be at least two inches long or longer. Wow.

Two Least Chipmunks playing on a fence rail, Little Emigration Canyon, Morgan County, UtahTwo Least Chipmunks playing on a fence rail – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Yesterday while photographing birds in about the same area as I photographed the moose I had fun photographing two Least Chipmunks playing on a fence railing and fence posts. They scurried around so quickly that many of my photos weren’t quite in focus but I liked this one and I am glad it was sharp.

Least Chipmunk on a fence post in the mountains, Little Emigration Canyon, Morgan County, UtahLeast Chipmunk on a fence post in the mountains – Nikon D500, f9, 1/1250, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

And I also liked this photo of one of the Least Chipmunks alone on top of a fence post, how cute are these little critters anyway? Could they be any cuter? I don’t believe they could be.

I’m always delighted when I get to photograph wildlife when I am out photographing birds. The moose and chipmunks are wonderful subjects.

Life is good.



  1. Elephants Child August 9, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Big, big smiles. Thank you.

  2. Patty August 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Your Moose photos are so wonderful. Unless I move elsewhere I may never get to see one like you have. Those chipmunks are adorable!

  3. Patty Chadwick August 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I love your other, non-bird shots, too…these are wondeful!!!

  4. Marty K August 9, 2018 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    You’ve made my day with these shots, Mia! 🙂

  5. April Olson August 9, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Beautiful photos. You never disappoint! Looks like the air was clearer too. I hope to get out this weekend. I have been so busy with releases the past couple of weeks I have not gotten out in the wild. Releases of rehabbed wildlife are stressful.

  6. Wally Jones August 9, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Outstanding photographs!

    I’ve never seen a moose so thank you for sharing yours!

    Those chipmunks have exceeded “cuteness” and go all the way to “adorable”!

  7. Liz Cormack August 9, 2018 at 6:59 am - Reply

    The Least Chipmunks tails are longer than their body. Wow. Ever so cute. I love the photo of the young bull Moose giving you a side glance.

  8. Bonnie Peel August 9, 2018 at 6:37 am - Reply

    I love the wad of willows bulging his mouth. He is just enjoying his morning. Life is indeed great.

  9. Bob mcpherson August 9, 2018 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Nice, Mia

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