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Tatanka Tuesday

Tatanka is a Lakota word that translated means “bull buffalo.” The American bison is an absolutely extraordinary animal. Once hunted to the brink of extinction in the 19th century, it has rebounded well thanks to refuges, state and national parks and private stocks.

This particular bull cast me a rather evil eye and I have to admit was somewhat intimidating when you throw in the drool. 😉 Thankfully I was safely in my truck when I took this picture.

An American Bison on a snowy day at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

An American Bison on a snowy day at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

Black and white bison

This big guy was out for a walk in the snow yesterday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado.

These massive animals were hunted to the brink of extinction in the 1700s and 1800s with as few as 750 reported by 1890.  Their numbers have since rebounded with about 500,000 living on public and private lands.

Black and white bison.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Black and white bison. (© Tony’s Takes)

Big city bison

A bison walks through the grasses of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge with the city of Denver, Colorado in the background.

A bison walks through grass at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.  The city of Denver, Colorado is in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bison walks through grass at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The city of Denver, Colorado is in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

THIS is Denver!

Bison graze on grassland as the Mile High City and the Rocky #Mountains serve as a backdrop. Taken just this morning at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The landscape here is almost always beautiful, scenes like this are over the top and highlight why I love it here!

Bison graze on the plains with the city of Denver and Rocky Mountains in the background.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Bison graze on the plains with the city of Denver and Rocky Mountains in the background. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Bevy of Birds (and a Bison) with New Tamron Lens

Finally some sun – and time – allowing me to get out and give the new Tamron SP 150-600 a good field test.  Early to mid-afternoon time period not ideal in terms of lighting but the lens handled it well.  All images hand-held.

I dare you!

A rather large bison gives ‘the stare’ this morning as it crosses a road at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The bulk of the herd had just crossed the road and this guy was acting as the rear guard. Needless to say, I didn’t challenge him.

A bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge gives a very serious look.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge gives a very serious look. (© Tony’s Takes)

Ooh that feels good!

A rather sizable bison uses a tree as a scratching post at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The last couple times I have been out there the herd was in an area to the north of the refuge that is closed to the public. Today there were a couple in the public area thankfully.

A bison uses a tree as a scratching post at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bison uses a tree as a scratching post at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

 

No need for Kleenex

No Kleenex?  No worries for this bison. Sorry, couldn’t resist!  😉  

Taken today at Yellowstone National Park.  This monstrous guy was very willing to give us a number of poses including this rather humorous one.  

A bison has a rather ingenious use for its tongue.  © Tony’s Takes

A bison has a rather ingenious use for its tongue. © Tony’s Takes

Hawk quest (and a few other critters)

My son and I headed out this morning for a quick photo tour of some of our usual haunts.  This included the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area.

At the Arsenal it was pretty much standard fare with the bison being the most notable.  Just to the north we came across a hawk that was kind enough to give us a few very nice flybys.

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A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A juvenile red-tailed hawk staged a flyby while keeping an eye on us. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

It’s been a rough day

Took a drive through the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife refuge and caught this guy napping on the job.  Guess he was having a rough day.

March 6, 2013 -

March 6, 2014 – “It’s been a rough day.” Bison at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. (© Tony’s Takes)

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