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Protecting the Young

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 26 November 2011 in Animal & Insect.

After a gestation period of 9 to 9½ months, reddish-brown calves are born in late April and May. Calves can keep up with the herds about 2–3 hours after birth and are well protected by their mothers and other members of the herd. Even so, some are killed by wolves and grizzly bears.

I guess you have seen enough Buffalo (Bison) for now. ;-)

NIKON D5000 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 800 147 mm (35mm equiv.)

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Makes me want to go to Meers, OK and have a big old buffalo burger :)

26 Nov 2011 11:12am

@J.R.: You are so bad! (Actually I've had one, and they are pretty good.)

Pedro_eric from Trowbridge, United Kingdom

Beautifully captured.

26 Nov 2011 11:58am

johbont from rotterdam, Netherlands

nice behind (muscular )

26 Nov 2011 2:11pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful composition Barbara! They are amazing animals to watch! ;-)

26 Nov 2011 2:21pm

Twojays from Montana, United States

I guess one of Nature's babies that doen't make us go "Awww" is the buffy baby, but this is a nice frame and I go "aw" anyway. Look at the Lupin gently tickling baby's face.

26 Nov 2011 2:27pm

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

nice one, b! i never tire of these creatures :)

26 Nov 2011 2:56pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

So nice to see a baby included in the series, Barbara. Amazing that they can move with the herd so soon after birth. Nice to see the lupin close by, too. Very nice.

26 Nov 2011 6:14pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

There are some of us who will never tire of these bison images! This baby is protected by its dad and the beautiful lupin. Your images have been informational and educational; thank you, and this is a winner!

26 Nov 2011 10:19pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Thanks, Judy. We saw some much younger babies that were still light brown. I liked this one resting in the lupin.

Bill Brown from California, United States

Spectacular capture! If this is the last one, you sure finished with a winner.

26 Nov 2011 11:50pm

@Bill Brown: Thanks, Bill.

karla from Omaha, United States

This is very nice, too. There is a sheen to the one standing up which is a nice effect. And including those blue flowers is a nice touch. I am enjoying this series very much!!!

27 Nov 2011 11:54pm

@karla: Thanks, Karla.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

They are pretty big when all grown up...nice parental shot here....lovely

30 Nov 2011 4:46pm

1/320 second
ISO 800
147 mm (35mm equiv.)