Wildlife sightings in Yellowstone can create traffic jam, with the biggest headaches from bears. Yellowstone is like Mecca for wildlife photographers and spotting telescopes, quality digital SLR cameras are everywhere and 300mm $1700 lenses are a must. Hell $10,000 to $30,000 super-telephoto lenses which I don’t see often in city are even common! People bring out their best gears here in Yellowstone National Park!
A funny conversation I over heard in the crowd:
“Look at him, he’s got a good lens.”
“How much do these things cost?”
“Probably couple thousands.”
Then the photographer who was holding the enormous lens turned around and said:
“A couple and a couple more thousands…”
We are prepared and equipped with an 8 by 32 Nikon binocular which comes pretty handy at viewing wildlife. The whole time I enjoyed the privilege of seating on the side driver’s seat looking for red tail fox secretly taking off, bears feeding on bison carcass, coyotes preying on chipmunk, two grey and white wolf swimming across the pond, and osprey proudly guarding its nest on top of dead lodgepole pine… Through this pair of bright magnifying lens, I get to experience their sides of the story since the animals are not guarded.
[ Wild life spotting in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park ]
I got a chance peeking through the lady’s lens, and saw a grizzly bear feeding on some kind of carcass in far distance. It was amazing!
[ Relaxing bison in Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park ]
[ Pronghorn and two fawns in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park ]
[ Female Elk feeding in the morning, Yellowstone National Park ]
[ A cow moose feeding on wet meadows, Grand Teton National Park ]