Recent trip to Yellowstone

We recently spent 4 wonderful days in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) with our good friend Rob Daugherty (www.robswildlife.com) watching and photographing the varied wildlife of the park.  If you’ve never been to YNP you are missing one of the photographic gems on earth – whether it be for landscapes or our target for these 4 days – wildlife.

Knowing the right time to visit for the cubs, calves, kits and other babies that the adult animals bring into the world between April and early June (some later) can bring you not only iconic shots but just a wonder and amazement as you watch the young animals start their lives.  Traveling YNP with Rob makes spotting the wildlife easy – he spends nearly every weekend of the summer (May – September) every year in the park.

We had great luck – 25 bears, 5 wolves, fox, golden eagle, redtail hawk, weasel, ground squirrel, coyote, grizzly, black bear, and of course the usual bison, elk, deer, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep.

We hope you enjoy just a few of the images we loved from the trip:

This cub and it’s sibling spent hours up the trees as we watched it and its mother play twice a day.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon EF100-400mmL @400mm, ISO 2000, f/5.6, 1/125, Clik Elite Pro Express, Lexar Professional Digital Film

The wolf below – love the dark coloration – was running near the Lamar River just up the ridge from the highway when it stopped and just posed for us for about 10 minutes.  There were 4 other wolves with it but they were more shy.  It looks like the wolf had just been in the water.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon EF100-400mmL @400mm, ISO 500, f/10, 1/640, Clik Elite Pro Express, Lexar Professional Digital Film

We watched the coyote below mouse for about 20 minutes.  It was comical yet precise.  We watched the eyes and ears as the coyote honed in on its prey and would pounce.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon EF100-400mmL @400mm, ISO 500, f/11, 1/250, Clik Elite Pro Express, Lexar Professional Digital Film

This little tyke teased, posed and talked with us non-stop for our entire stay at a turn out where we were hoping to capture the local weasel.  We were a little late for the weasel – it had just caught and killed 5 baby ground squirrels and holed up for lunch.  Couldn’t help but snap a few shots of this guy as he posed on the log.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon EF100-400mmL @400mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/500, Clik Elite Pro Express, Lexar Professional Digital Film

In one of those photographers luck moments we caught this hawk as it swooped in and caught a meal.  Our lenses were focused on the above wolf when this guy appeared and dove for the kill – caught him with bounty in beak as he flew off.  Nice lesson on always keeping an eye out for other action while you are shooting the action.

Canon 1D Mark IV, Canon EF100-400mmL @400mm, ISO 500, f/10, 1/640, Clik Elite Pro Express, Lexar Professional Digital Film

Look for more YNP wildlife posts through the summer as we’ll be spending more time there this year than any previous year.  The richness of bears and the wolf activity will keep us coming back as much as possible.

Keep on shooting and enjoy the shots you get.

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