Tuesday, April 8, 2008

'Buffalo' Calf

American Bison Calf

What person doesn’t like a baby animal? Especially a baby “Buffalo”.

Martha shot this with my 200mm macro lens. Yep, a 200mm macro lens makes a good telephoto if you have it on a Monopod.

American bison (Bison bison) with baby calf
(Click on the photo for a close look)

Ft. Worth Nature Refuge, May 14,2005
Photo by Martha.

The nature Refuge has over 25 miles of nature trails and 5000 acres for the buffalo. Yes the Nature trails are separate from the buffalo range.

The American bison (Bison bison) is a bovine mammal, also commonly known as the American buffalo. 'Buffalo' is something of a misnomer for this animal as it is only distantly related to either of the two "true buffaloes", the water buffalo and the African buffalo.

The bison originally inhabited the Great Plains of the United States and Canada in massive herds, ranging from the Great Slave Lake in Canada's far north to Mexico in the south, and from eastern Oregon almost to the Atlantic Ocean, taking its subspecies into account. Its two subspecies are the plains bison (Bison bison bison), distinguished by its smaller size and more rounded hump, and the wood bison (Bison bison athabascae), distinguished by its larger size and taller square hump. Wood bison are one of the largest species of cattle in the world, surpassed in size only by the massive Asian gaur and wild Asian water buffalo, both of which are found mainly in India and Southeast Asia.

See Wikipedia for the full article

Wood bison (Bison bison athabascae)
Notice the tall square hump
Photographed by Martha as we drove by
In timber country, British Columbia, Canada

Troy and Martha


mon@rch said...

Such a cute bison you captured! They are great mammals!

JB's Big World said...

Awesome photos! My mom promised to get me a picture of one some day. You have a nice blog!

The Texican said...

Always great photos and so educational too. Who could ask for more than that?

Tom said...

Troy and Martha Great photos, do you shoot Canon or Nikon? I've been kicking around the idea of getting a long macro, mostly for dragonflies.


Anna said...

Wow, this brings back memories...I have family in Lawton, OK and we used to ride to see buffalo/bison. Amazing animals...so big.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Texas Travelers said...

Thanks for the comments all.

Yes Tom, the long macro works great on Dragonflies.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos of a great mammal.

fishing guy said...

Those are lovely photos of the Buffalo, especially the little one.

Stacey Huston said...

Great shot. I love spring and the new life that surrounds us..

Anna said...

Wow these are very nice photos, I like the one with the baby feeding especially. Anna :)

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh what a cutie he is, a few yrs ago were on vacation and to tell ya the truth i have no idea were it was. But we ran into this place that advertised the white buffalo so we stopped and he was so cute.

Leslie said...

A new wrinkle for me...I wasn't aware that there are subspecies of bison.
Perfect photos.

Sandpiper said...

Beautiful! I love the little baby. So sweet.