September 15, 2013 Yellowstone National Park

Mammoth wildlife viewing
Mammoth wildlife viewing

I must be doing something wrong!

I travel 100 miles a day and put in my 6 to 10 hours a day searching out magnificent bull elk, while this guy just rolls out of bed and opens the window.

I had initially figured to get back down to Hayden Valley today, since I wouldn’t have to go through the road construction on a work day, and thus avoid the frustrating delays there. But since yesterday was a total loss ( first rainout in quite some time ), I decided to make it a trip around the entire Yellowstone loop road today. The weather was in and out all day with intermittent showers. Didn’t really see much other than the occasional roadside bison and a few herds of bison in the distance as I made my way to Hayden.

Surprisingly little in the way of grazers in the northern portion of Hayden Valley, just a single bison here and there. I stopped at one of the large turnouts that was packed with cars with people out scanning with binoculars. About a mile out I could just make out a dark shape moving through the sagebrush, so I joined the others and got my binocs out. The dark shape turned out to be a black wolf soon joined by a white wolf. Now, I suppose this was a little exciting, though I can’t get real worked up about spotting wildlife that I can’t photograph.

Yellowstone coyote
I can hear you
Mid air coyote
Mid air coyote
Mid air coyote
Got him!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid air coyote
Mid air coyote
Mid air coyote
Mid air coyote

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just below Hayden, I came on a minor traffic jam at a roadside meadow and stopped to investigate. The subject of everyone’s attention was a very healthy looking male coyote hunting down meadow voles or mice in the roadside meadow. As you can see, he was a very cooperative subject, except that every time he did his leaping in the air to dive for a rodent, he insisted on doing it facing away from the camera.

Since I was in the area, I checked out the Fishing Bridge campground. This campground is restricted to only hard sided rigs because of bear activity in the area and also is the only campground in the park that has hookups, for which you pay a pretty hefty premium. After driving around a couple of the loops, I would have to say that you would want to have the hookups pretty bad to want to stay here, the sites are wedged in so closely that one’s slideouts would all but be in contact with your neighbor’s, the spaces are really, really tight. Looks quite rundown and dated also, but it does offer hookups.

Stopped at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and walked around a bit at a couple of the lookouts. Pretty amazing colors in the canyon, but with today’s rain and overcast skies, I guess I will have to come back another day for pictures.

Yellowstone coyote
Yellowstone coyote
Mid air coyote
Mid air coyote
Coyote on the hunt
On the hunt

 

 

 

 

 

Yellowstone elk
Yellowstone elk
Coyote on the hunt
On the hunt
Yellowstone coyote posing
Yellowstone coyote posing

 

 

 

 

 

Yellowstone pronghorn
Yellowstone pronghorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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