On March 8th, 2011, my friend Judy invited me to go out to Antelope Island to photograph the wildlife. She has been getting some great photos out there, so I thought I would take my SLR and big 500 mm telephoto lens to see what I could capture. There are many different types of birds and animals living on the island, from Antelope, and Deer, to hundreds of Buffalo, (American Bison). There are also many Coyotes, plus Big Horn Mountain Sheep, and birds of all kinds.
One of the Antelope that we saw
The island is pretty large, so one has to move around a bit to see all these animals. Most people seldom see more than the Buffalo and a few birds. Judy spends quite a bit of time out there photographing, so she has learned where to look, as well as when. Many of the animals are easier to find in winter time, especially right after a snowfall, so I was lucky to have her as my guide. We saw quite a few animals, and fairly close to the road in some cases. I took more than 200 pictures, thinking that was a lot, but Judy said Ha! she took about 375.
We saw a few Coyotes, here's one
One animal I would really like to capture with my big lens is the Big Horn Sheep, but so far haven't had much luck with those. They like the high country and seem to move about a lot. I have hiked up high looking for them, only seeing them once, and didn't have a big lens with me that time. I went with some friends one summer, and rented horses to get up higher. We finally found them, but they were high up in an area where we couldn't take the horses. As we were renting by the hour, I couldn't leave to climb up there. Maybe someday...
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A Buffalo (Bison) that was close to the road
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