Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wildlife at Yellowstone National Park - VI

Can I get excited about seeing wildlife at Yellowstone National Park even though I can't really get a good photo?

You betcha.

I mentioned a couple of days ago about Bighorn Sheep at Barronette Peak out past Lamar Valley and near the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park. I suspect less than one tenth of one percent of Yellowstone's visitor's drive by Barronette Peak. And, I'll bet that few of those stop to look. But it's a great look. And, frequently you can find Bighorn Sheep -- or, Mountain Goats. 

I drove out one morning hoping to find Mountain Goats. I arrived at the pullout; stopped the car; got out; and within five seconds of scanning the mountain, spotted a small herd of Mountain Goats. As you can see, it's hard to see the Mountain Goats from the first photo (using a 35 mm lens). Even after walking up that path to a ledge overlooking the river in front of the mountain, and using my 400 millimeter lens (the second photo) it's not easy. But they are there, right in the middle of the photo.

Since I've gotten very close to Mountain Goats in the past I wasn't disappointed not being able to do so this time. I was just in awe of these beautiful and amazing animals.

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wildlife at Yellowstone National Park - V

Elk. Elk fall in the same category as Bison. I don't go to Yellowstone in hopes of finding them to photograph. Got plenty already. And, as is the case with the Bison, I don't usually stop no matter how big the crowd. Yet, on occasion one catches my eye and begs for a photo. 

In the first photo, I was out Hayden Valley very early one morning and saw this big Bull Elk wading in water eating the vegetation. I was worth the stop and photo:

Big Bull Elk
The second photo, taken in the town of Mammoth, sleeping on grass in the center of the town was this young fawn. I just wanted a photo:

Elk Fawn

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wildlife at Yellowstone National Park - IV

Pronghorn Today. Pronghorn seem to be doing well in Yellowstone these days. I saw more on this trip than in previous trips -- and in a wider variety of areas.

This first photo was taken along Yellowstone River off a side road just north of Gardiner, so actually before you get to the park. Pronghorn were also in the fields around the North Entrance.

This next photo was taken on Blacktail Plateau Road, a six mile one way dirt road between Mammoth and Tower:

Western Wyoming is probably the best place in the US to find and photograph Pronghorn. I came across this female with her two fawns about 50 miles south of Grand Teton National Park. First, they posed for me while eating among the sagebrush. Then they took off running. Then stopped at the crest of the hill with the snow covered mountains of Bridger Wilderness in the background:

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wildlife at Yellowstone National Park - III

Bighorn Sheep.  There are a few places where you can find Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. One is Barronette Peak all the way out past Lamar Valley and a couple miles from the Northeast Entrance. A second is on the Grand Loop Road near Mount Washburn. But, the most reliable place is near the bottom of the road from the North Entrance to Mammoth. I passed by there about 12 times on this trip and saw the Bighorns four of those times. Here are a few photos:

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ewe Eating

Bighorn Sheep Resting 

Bighorn Sheep a little further up the mountain.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wildlife at Yellowstone National Park - II

Today, the Bison. Impossible to go to Yellowstone and not see American Bison. They are just about everywhere in the Park. If you want big herds, then Lamar and Hayden Valleys are the places to go. Over the years and many trips to Yellowstone I have gotten a large number of Bison photos. So, I don't really concentrate on photographing them anymore. Yet, I did stop occasionally this trip for a photo. Here are a couple:

Bison Calves

Bison Lone Bull

Friday, July 25, 2014

Wildlife in Yellowstone

Back to photos from my trip to Yellowstone. Today, up close and personal with a Coyote:

Coyote among the Wildflowers

Coyote Chewing on Something

Coyote Back to the Wildflowers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Madera Canyon Rare Birds

Since this is the slow season at our B&B, I've been getting out photographing as much as possible -- hence the lack of posts. Yet, because I've been out photographing there is much to post about.

I've made a couple of trips to Madera Canyon the past two weeks. So, before I get back to Yellowstone, here are a couple of rarities I photographed at Madera. Both of these birds are rare to the United States so a nice find. 

Whiskered Screech Owl

Whiskered Screech Owl

Plain Capped Starthroat with Broad Billed and Black Chinned Hummingbirds