Elk Island Nation Park

After my experience at Elk Island National Park in September 2012 (http://photoboom.ca/wp/?p=4575) I had been wanting to go back for another visit, and more specifically was hoping to visit in the winter and photography some bison in the snow.

This trip was a fair bit less successful, while we did see the bison herd it was way off in the distance, on the other side of the lake. We saw, and heard a bunch of coyotes, but never really got close enough to get decent pictures.

We did however have an interesting and close up encounter with one bison. While driving around the back side of Astotin lake when we came around the corner to find a lone bison in the middle of the road. When he spotted us his behavior was, well amusing to say the least. He (I’m assuming it was a young male by it’s demeanour, but I really have no idea) was jumping around and dancing up and down the side of the road shaking his head around and throwing up snow with his horns. I think it was a bit of foreplay and he was seriously considering mounting our truck. Either that or he thought we were a dominant bull and was getting ready for a fight. Unfortunately we were in a bad position and I wasn’t able to photograph any of his antics, but eventually he calmed down and headed off across the lake.

 

Coyotes crossing a frozen lake, Alberta Canada

Coyotes crossing a frozen lake, Alberta Canada

Wild Plains Bison feeding on a frozen lakeshore, Elk Island National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Plains Bison feeding on a frozen lakeshore, Elk Island National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Plains Bison feeding on a frozen lakeshore, Elk Island National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Plains Bison feeding on a frozen lakeshore, Elk Island National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Plains Bison feeding on a frozen lakeshore, Elk Island National Park Alberta Canada

Wild Plains Bison feeding on a frozen lakeshore, Elk Island National Park Alberta Canada

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