Category Archives: Wildlife

Weekly Photo Challenge:Fleeting

posing coyoteFriends, moments in nature are fleeting, this coyote who was hunting in prairie dog town  briefly stalked across the green of the prairie and looked up at us for a moment in time.  til Tomorrow MJ

Bison

bison mom and childFriends, Custer State Park in South Dakota is a mecca for bison lovers, and my husband is at home among the big ones.  This post is for him, enjoy JIm. The first is an image of mother and child, the child is nuzzling his mother and we human interpret that as affection, but really i think he was trying to brush off the flies, or trying to get her to rise to her feet, so he could have some milk.

bison calfThis bison calf is not very old, they are born bright orange with a hump in their back.

bison bull custerThis calf may someday be as big as this full-grown bull.

Lack of Grass, No

blue skies two girlsFriends, i know that these badlands look pretty stark and void of vegetation, but on the flat prairie, the grass grows green and lush in the spring when there is plenty of rain.  These pronghorn girls are hanging out together and grazing in the rich areas.  The boys are separate and in their own bachelor bunches.  til Tomorrow MJ

 

Mountain Sheep

sheep duoFriends, This young male Bighorn mountain sheep haunts the mud cliffs and clay banks of Badlands National Park in western South Dakota.  He and a smaller brother were feeding near the road in a small patch of green, our presence disturbed them and they moved up the steep cliff and waited patiently for us to pass by.  His horns will continue to grow and eventually will reach a full curl, but i think his partial curl is kind of cute.  til Tomorrow MJ

 

Burro Baby

baby wild burroFriends, this beautiful baby is a wild burro from Custer State Park in South Dakota.  His parents are not very wild anymore cause the tourists feed them and they tend to stick their heads into car windows looking for a handout. This little guy has not yet learned that trick and is still wild and shy.  Custer is a great place to view wildlife and birds of the prairie areas. til Tomorrow MJ

 

Pronghorn

pronghornFriends, this handsome fellow is an American Antelope or Pronghorn. The large pronged horns in front of his ears indicate that he is a male  and is alert to all challengers. This particular animal was with a smaller buck and the two of them are in the image below.  til Tomorrow MJ

two bucks

Beaver on the Sand

sandy beaver

Friends, this beaver was found strolling down a sand road in the sand barrens, what an aquatic animal like him was doing on the sand was not known, but he is wet so he must have water around somewhere, he was sampling the air every so often, maybe he could smell water, hope he finds his home, til Tomorrow MJ

Lion Eyes

lion eyesFriends, another cat from Como, this male lion was lying in the shade waiting for his food, his mate was up and moving toward the building, was she hungrier than he??, that wrinkled brow makes him look very severe with intense yellow eyes, his mane looks like someone combed it, no mats in his hair, good grooming, til Tomorrow MJ

 

Tiger Eyes

tiger faceFriends, at Como Park there is a zoo,  the cat yard is my favorite place because no fences between you and the cats, you are on a walkway above them and this allows some great photo ops, it was raining slightly so this tiger was wet and looking for her food, they were getting ready to feed the big cats, she went inside while the keeper straightened up the yard and put away the tiger toys, then they threw a piece of meat up on a very large rock, it started to rain more heavily so I left before the drama was completed, til Tomorrow MJ

Swans in the Air

Spring Swans copyFriends, I will never get over the elegance of swans in flight.  They look so formal against the sky,and this week they are returning to the Meadows where there is open water.  Most of the open water available is on moving streams and rivers.  So glad to see them return and to hear their welcoming hoarse honking, like a goose with a cold. til Tomorrow MJ

 

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