The Birds of Yellowstone by Don Getty – Part Two

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When people plan to visit 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.

Wilson’s Snipe, Yellowstone National Park
Mallard Hen with Ducklings, Yellowstone National Park

A heavy spring snow helped create this image of a Mallard hen with two of her ducklings.

Long-eared Owl, Yellowstone National Park

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.

Kestrel, Yellowstone National Park

Kestrels nested this spring in an Aspen tree near the new bridge in the area referred to as Little America.

Dusky Grouse, Yellowstone National Park

The Lake Butte Overlook is one of the best spots to find displaying Dusky Grouse in the spring.

Bald Eagle, Yellowstone National Park

Bald Eagles can be seen throughout Yellowstone, but can be difficult to photograph at a reasonable distance. This one was along the Madison River.

Harlequin Duck, Yellowstone National Park

LeHardy Rapids is the spot to find Harlequin Ducks in early spring.

Sandhill Cranes, Yellowstone National Park

For many years Sandhill Cranes have nested on the small island at Floating Island Lake.

Trumpeter Swans, Yellowstone National Park

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

Don Getty

Don Getty

Don Getty has been an avid wildlife photographer for over 20 years. He resides in , just 30 miles from Yellowstone Park. He photographs birds, mammals, reptiles and just about any living creature he can get in front of his lens. Wildlife photography has taken him throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the US and Canada, East Africa, South Africa, Costa Rica, Florida and Churchill Manitoba. He has received numerous awards and his images have appeared in many magazines, books and calendars.

Don Getty

Don Getty

Don Getty has been an avid wildlife photographer for over 20 years. He resides in Wyoming, just 30 miles from Yellowstone Park. He photographs birds, mammals, reptiles and just about any living creature he can get in front of his lens. Wildlife photography has taken him throughout the Rocky Mountain region of the US and Canada, East Africa, South Africa, Costa Rica, Florida and Churchill Manitoba. He has received numerous awards and his images have appeared in many magazines, books and calendars.

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Glenn Bartley

Don, congratulations on your success in our recent “Best Photo of
the Week
Competition”https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/best-photo-of-the-week-ended-20-oct-2012/

Ken Winner

Great write up!

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atdahl

Nice post Don. YNP is a fantastic place for wildlife but you are right in that people don’t usually think of birds when they think of Yellowstone. The Harlequin Duck is a personal favorite to watch at Le Hardy rapids. The Great Gray Owl is often seen in the park but we have yet to find one. It’s next on my “birds of Yellowstone” list.