When people plan to visit Yellowstone National Park, they generally anticipate seeing wildlife like bears, buffalo, elk, etc. and the natural wonders such as geysers and waterfalls. Often overlooked is the incredible variety of birds.
I drove away from two grizzlies in poor light which were just down the road from a group of American Avocets on the edge of Yellowstone Lake.
White Pelicans are fairly common during the summer. This one was photographed at Alum Creek in the Hayden Valley.
Great Gray Owls can often be found in the Canyon Area. I photographed this one early in the morning near the Mud Volcano just a few weeks ago.
Steller’s Jays are not common in the Park, but I found this one in the Nez Perce Ford picnic area.
Barrow’s Goldeneyes can often be found at Sylvan Lake.
Male Ruddy Ducks have brilliant blue bills. Floating Island Lake can be a good spot to find them.
American Dippers can regularly be found at Lava Creek, right by the picnic area. In fact they have nested on the side of the bridge at the picnic area.
Mountain Bluebirds can be found throughout Yellowstone. This male was photographed along the shores of Mary Bay on Yellowstone Lake.
Williamson’s Sapsuckers nested this spring in a cavity of a dead tree along the walkway to the Calcite Springs Overlook. I photographed them several times over a period of two weeks.
Ravens are one of the most common bird species in the Park and are common throughout the year. This one was photographed near the Nez Perce Ford picnic area.
If you enjoyed these photos, watch for part two of this article coming soon.
The images in this article give you a sampling of the many species of birds I have photographed in Yellowstone. For many more photos of mammals, birds and landscapes from Yellowstone go to http://dongettywildlifephotography.com/p87851699