Saturday, May 02, 2009
Badlands 3 - Animals
We were also told that big horn sheep and other wild mountain sheep would be almost impossible to spot. We saw them twice. This fellow was across a long meadow, and lord bless my 10X zoom.
There is actually a prairie dog town on the Badlands loop. We saw them by the hundreds all along the West half of our loop trip. They scampered about and often met face-to-face as if communicating.
More common were deer. We saw many groups of them....all without antlers. They were about 250 feet away in this shot and still watching me as I took the picture.
Wild turkey. Male showing his entire plumage as he courted a female nearby. Again the zoom was full out and thus not as clear a picture as I'd like to have taken.
The animals were a great part of the day...but only a part.
We finished the day tired, but full of memories of the many things we had seen.
Tomorrow off to Rushmore, Crazy Horse and the Black Hills.