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- Custer State Park, SD
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I took a short drive through the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City, IA, looking for birds ( which were unusually scarce) and came face to face with this Bull Bison. You can drive through the Bison enclosure and if you're not careful you could have Bison right up to your car. This photo was take from the car with a telephoto lens while the Bison was still some distance away.
I gave in. I finally decided to post some pictures on Facebook also. Go to my Facebook page then click the Like or Follow button and you can stay updated on some of my photo adventures. Of course you will need to log in to Facebook to see them. -
The "Buffalo Roundup" at Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota is an annual event that draws thousands of spectators. Every year the park staff and a few select riders on horses and in pickups round-up the 1,300+ roaming Buffalo (ok, I know that they are really American Bison, but the event is called the "Buffalo Roundup"). The animals are herded in to the corrals where they vaccinate the young and cull out a few hundred animals for sale. According to what we have read they try to maintain the herd at about 1,000 so that there is ample grazing land for them.
We arrived at the entrance of the park before sunrise and waited in our car until the gates opened at about 6:15 am. There was a long line of cars both directions and there seemed to be much competition to get the best spot to viewing and photography. There were two viewing areas and we were at the North viewing area on the side of a hill facing the valley. We had a long wait, but a great view as the herd of Bison came thundering over the hill across the valley and were eventually herded in to the pastures adjacent to the corrals. It was a cloudy, drizzly, dreary day and had rained the night before. I had imagined the Bison stirring up clouds of dust in the morning sun as they stampeded across the prairie, but it didn't quite happen that way. The photos were taken with telephoto lenses, because they never did get really close, but I still got some good shots. You can do a bit of searching online and learn much more about the event.
See more photos of the "Buffalo Roundup" and Custer State Park.
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