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’ve seen Wilson’s Snipes in the Park several times. I photographed this one from the window of my vehicle not far from Lava Creek.
A heavy spring snow helped create this image of a Mallard hen with two of her ducklings.
This Long-eared Owl was the only one I’ve seen in Yellowstone. It was in a clump of trees, just off the road in the Hayden Valley.
Kestrels nested this spring in an Aspen tree near the new bridge in the area referred to as Little America.
The Lake Butte Overlook is one of the best spots to find displaying Dusky Grouse in the spring.
Bald Eagles can be seen throughout Yellowstone, but can be difficult to photograph at a reasonable distance. This one was along the Madison River.
LeHardy Rapids is the spot to find Harlequin Ducks in early spring.
For many years Sandhill Cranes have nested on the small island at Floating Island Lake.
Trumpeter Swans are most common in the winter. These two were photographed in the spring on ice that had not yet melted on Yellowstone Lake.
If you missed part one of this article go to https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/the-birds-of-yellowstone-by-don-getty-part-one/
The images in this article give you a sampling of the many species of birds I have photographed in Yellowstone. For many more photos go to http://dongettywildlifephotography.com/p87851699