Prairie Pronghorn

Another mammal photographed in the Badlands NP a week ago was the Pronghorn Antelope. Pronghorn can be found in the Badlands NP, but usually very small numbers and far away. This guy was busy foraging on the prairie grasses and was well within shooting distance:

Pronghorn Antelope grazing on the prairie

Pronghorn Antelope grazing on the prairie

Pronghorn Antelope grazing on the prairie


Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D Mark 2 body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “ON”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/2,000 sec.



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  • Wendy and Cookie

    I’ve never seen an antelope that looks like this Jim..although my antelope knowledge is VERY I will have to research..see what you did ??? ;) :)

    He doesn’t look like he has much extra with the ribs showing..perhaps the species normally this way, but maybe he came down to the prairie because food was more scarce in his normal foraging spots?

    Anyway sending you hugs and lots of love as is one of my dreams to get a super good camera and then be instructed as how to and THEN I can come to one of your classes sometime in the future…mine was stolen along with my mountain bike..ON trail..miles away from anywhere in the Sierras …up high…I had climbed up over a ridge maybe a mile away..and upon returning both had vanished…thank God I had my fanny pack and backpack with me…that was a hard lesson and I had taken so many beautiful pics of snow and wildflowers in the Spring which were more precious than any of the equipment..

    Oh well I hope the person that ‘borrowed them’ put them to good use or sold them to feed himself and/or family…I forgave immediately…don’t care to carry resentment around with me..but man was I sore from the walk back down..laughing..

    Hugs and thank you so much for keeping up with everything during this challenging brighten this old girl’s day every time I see an email 63 next month..say whaaa????? you xoxox

  • Thanks, Wendy & Cookie! Yes, he does look a bit on the thin side, but I think he is ok. I believe this area is his normal foraging spot, as I can often see small groups here, no matter the time of year.
    Bet that was a long, lonely walk back! Wish you and Cookie a wonderful week ahead! :o)