Spontaneous Trip to Ponca

by John Nelson September. 15, 2011 3840 views

On a whim, a photographer friend of mine [brianhirschy.com] and I went to Ponca to photograph some of the elk. It's the rut (mating season), so there's been a lot of male elk (bulls) fighting over the ladies (cows). While we didn't see much activity and certainly no fighting, we got a few shots of a big bull elk grazing in the wee hours of the morning.

With my camera actually WITH me on my commute into the office after Ponca, I stopped to grab a quick shot of a red-tailed hawk and a scissor-tailed flycatcher.

A bull elk (standing around 6 feet at the shoulders and over 600 pounds) looks up while grazing for breakfast.

The infamous Brian Hirschy.

Red-Tailed Hawk

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher

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Kaitlyn 8 years, 5 months ago

Great post! Love the last shot..

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Jacki 8 years, 5 months ago

I wouldn't want to get too close to that guy!!! Great shots!

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Lynda 8 years, 5 months ago

nice shots. The flycatcher is cute

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Nancy 8 years, 5 months ago

Hunting season here, still in the high country. Remarkable capture!!!

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Rob Gant 8 years, 5 months ago

nice set, nice shots

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Brenda Nelson 8 years, 5 months ago

The elks are always impressive, but I love the incredible shot of the flycatcher! How adorable is that??

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Larry Nelson 8 years, 5 months ago

Nice, John! I knew it was getting close to time for the mating season for the elk. May have to take the trike down to Ponca!

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