Jeff Herzstein
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Bighorn Sheep
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    The Bighorn Sheep is found in the mountain west of North America, primarily in the rocky portions.  The herds are rather large, typically twenty or more.  If you keep your distance they can be quite easy to photograph.  These photographs were taken along the Mount Washburn trail in Yellowstone National Park.

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    Bison are common in Yellowstone and the northern planes of the Dakotas. Yellowstone National Park is the largest population density with about 3000.  They are the largest of the ungulate order.  The Bison is rather easy to photograph due to their large herds and slow movements unless provoked to run.  My photos are from Yellowstone National Park.

Black Bear

    The black bear is the most common bear in North America.  They can range in color from cinnamon to black.  These photographs are from Grand Teton National Park and Yosemite National Park.  Some of them are within ten feet of the bear. 

    Elk are very common throughout North America.  They are larger than deer, but smaller than the Moose.  They can sometimes be heard in the distance during the evening and morning hours with there distinct mating calls.  My photos were taken in Yellowstone National Park.

Grizzly Bear

    There are few grizzly bears left in the continental United States.  Human activities have continued to minimize their habitat.  There are no preditors of adult Grizzly Bears.  Grizzlys are much more common in Canada and Alaska.  They are excellent at fishing and are very territorial.


    Moose are very common in the higher altitudes of the mountain west.  They are typically found very close to a water source, especially riverbeds.  They are not spooked easily if you keep your distance.  These pictures were captured in Grand Teton National Park.

Medium Mammals

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    Coyotes tend to travel in small packs but can be seen alone.  They look for small rodents in large open valleys and fields.  They can sometimes be hard to spot in tall grassy areas.  These photographs were shot in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Mule Deer
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    Mule Deer are hard to photograph since they move rather quickly.  In the right lighting, their antlers will have a slight glow before mating season.  This is demonstrated in some of my photos in this gallery.  They were taken mostly in Grand Teton.

Pronghorn Antelope

    Pronghorn Antelope can travel solo or in herds.  They too are difficult to photograph since they are the fastest land mammal in the United States.  They, however, are one of the most interesting mammals to look out for their color patterns and the prongs on their horns.  These photos are mostly from Yellowstone.

Small Birds

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    Pika might just be the cutest rodent.  They are slightly larger than house mice.  They are commonly found running from rock to rock with shrubs in their mouths to store up for the winter.  They make a squeaking noise as they run.  These were captured in Grand Teton.

Brush Rabbit

    Brush Rabbits are very common throughout California.  They are a cottontail rabbit.  They are only about a foot long when they reach adulthood.  They can be difficult to photograph because of their quick movement.  These photos were taken at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.

Yellow-Bellied Marmot

    The Yellow-Bellied Marmot can be seen throughout any of the rocky areas of the mountain west.  They are typically about three times larger than the common squirrel.  These were photographed in Grand Teton National Park.

© Jeff Herzstein 2006