The Big Boys Take a Break

Today I’m featuring some closeup images of the American Bison of the Badlands NP:

American Bison

American Bison

It was quite cold in the Badlands, as evidenced by the leftover snow from a storm that came through the area  4 days earlier. Making it seem even colder was the winds that funneled through the area. Case in point is this next bison … you can see how the wind is blowing his beard out to the side:

American Bison

It’s always great to be with these behemoths on the prairie!

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, from the car
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5
  • Shutter Speed 1/400 sec. – 1/640 sec.

 

 

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  • gardenerd

    do you think they have antler envy? it always strikes me as out of balance how small their- horns? antlers? what are they on bison?? in comparison to the massive heads. with your gorgeous detailed photos, it is interesting to note how the circumference & shape change from beast to beast. again, many thanks jim for sharing your sights with the rest of us!

  • http://www.showmenaturephotography.com Jim Braswell

    You’re very right … it would seem their horns are so small, when compared to the rest of their body size! But even looking small, the horn spread (horn to horn) can be up to 3 feet. Yes, you are correct in saying “horns”, as they are not shed on bison. I’ve heard that the reason the shape is often different from one to another, is that the male’s horns grow at a slightly different shape than the female’s horns (I believe the males’ horns are a bit more curved, but I may be wrong on that). But even though they appear “less powerful” compared to other animals’ horn size, they pack an awfully large and muscular body that makes up for lack of size! Thanks for the comments and glad you enjoy the nature images I post! :o)