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- My First Ruby-throated Hummingbird For 2013
- Pied-billed Grebe Eating Crayfish
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- Pole Dancing Fox Squirrel
- Great Blue Heron Gulps Down A Large Fish
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- A Few Birds At Antelope Island
- Antelope Island Bison
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Category Archives: Mammals
I guess the Squirrels on my property are trying to entertain me so that they can get more food. I had one doing a pole dance and another was doing a table dance. The one squirrel on the pole kept climbing the pole and sliding back down. I have to admit, it was entertaining. The other one did a dance on the table but I guess I’m a pole guy because I liked the pole dance a lot better.
The pole dancing squirrel got the food after that great performance.
I did see a lot of Jack Rabbits while I was visiting Antelope Island State Park but I just couldn’t get a good photograph of one. I don’t have a good excuse for why I didn’t. They were close to the road and they would even pose for a few seconds before disappearing in the thick brush.
I hope you enjoyed my photos the past few weeks in reference to my trip to Utah. The weather changed for the worse while I was camping at Antelope Island. On my last night I awoke to the wind blowing so hard that I thought it was going to pick my camper up and drop it into the Great Salt Lake. The wind was blowing 70 MPH and the weatherman said that it was going to increase to about 90 MPH with snow on the way. I made the decision to head back home and try to avoid the bad weather. It was still a great first visit to Utah.
I saw a lot of Bison while visiting Antelope Island State Park in Utah. I usually don’t make a lot of photos of these animals because they don’t do much when I see them. I do keep an eye out and have my camera ready when I see people around the Bison. Some people forget that these are wild animals and they can hurt you. My friends Mia and Ron who frequent Antelope Island have seen first hand what some of the crazy things people will do when they get around these animals.
Here is a post that Ron made of the Bison at Antelope Island and near the bottom of the post he has a great photo of a person being chased by a Bison: The Bison Of Antelope Island
Here is a great post by Mia: Don’t Tick The Bison Off
The Antelope Island bison herd is significant because it is one of the largest and oldest publicly owned bison herds in the nation. It is one of the two bison herds managed by the State of Utah, the other being the Henry Mountains bison herd. The Antelope Island bison herd currently numbers between 550 and 700 individuals.
I wasn’t expecting to get an up close look at the Coyotes while I was visiting Antelope Island State Park but I got lucky and was able to see a few. I even was able to photograph a pair hunting together.
These Coyotes were busy hunting and didn’t seem to care much about the humans that were on the roads nearby. I watched them hunt the tall grass and I even watched one dig a large hole looking for a meal. It caught whatever it was digging for but the Coyote had its back to me and I wasn’t able to see what it was.
As you can see in my photos, these Coyotes look good and healthy.
After spending several days at Bryce Canyon National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park I decided it was time to travel to Antelope Island State Park here Utah. I wanted to visit Antelope Island because of two great photographers I had met online. I started following Mia McPherson on Twitter and was very impressed with her photography. Through her I also met Ron Dudley. They photograph mostly birds and one of the main areas that they visit is Antelope Island State Park.
I had been in contact with Mia and Ron throughout my journey through Utah and they were giving me some great advise on what to see and where to stay. I was ready to meet them and plus I was ready to photograph some wildlife.
Antelope Island State Park, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. View a free-roaming herd of 500 bison, and pronghorn and bighorn sheep that share the rangelands. Hike, mountain bike or horseback ride along backcountry trails for spectacular views of Great Salt Lake and island scenery.