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And the very next day winter-Grizzly Overlook, Hayden Valley, Oct 1, 2009
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No pics yet because I took 6,000 of them and it'll take weeks to sort through them all.
I flew out the night of the 15th, arriving around 8PM in Bozeman and acquiring a very nice Kia Sorrento from National Rent a Car. I drove to Madison campground that night and spent the night there, then headed to Mammoth the next morning and met up with a friend and fellow photographer from my town who had flown up a couple days earlier. We carpooled while he was there, which reduced the usual 3,000 miles I put on a rental in 2 weeks down to about 2,400.
We hit the Madison first for some very cool sunrise shots of the elk herd with the fog. Then we hit up the East and south sides of the park and encountered what wound up being my first great grey owl of the trip near Bridge Bay. The owl was very cooperative and I wound up spending time with him or her on multiple occasions throughout the trip. I believe I wound up taking around 2,000 shots of this owl, including multiple flight shots.
I also briefly photographed another GGO at Canyon one morning during this period.
We crossed the Dunraven multiple times during our visit and had a couple of opportunities with a black bear sow with two cubs who was feeding on the white pine bark nuts.
My friend and I then travelled to Grand Teton for a day, spending the night at Colter Bay campground. While we were there, we photographed an old bull moose and his mate at the Gros Ventre campground.
We also checked out the East entrance area upon returning to Yellowstone and photographed a bighorn ram there.
My friend had to leave, but another photographer friend from Massachusetts arrived not long after and we also went down to Grand Teton and stayed two nights. We got shots of a young bull moose at Gros Ventre, saw yet another great grey owl near Two Ocean Lake and also got some shots of 610 and her cubs there, as well as what might have been Blondie.
The next morning was finally clear after several overcast days and there happened to be a dusting of snow on the Tetons that melted in a few hours but lasted long enough for some very nice shots from Oxbow Bend.
Then back to Yellowstone, where we took some more shots of the Bridge Bay owl, and also got some quality time with a very pretty fox there who was a very efficient hunter.
Finally, I closed out my last day with a sighting of the first otters I've seen in Yellowstone since 2013!
The only thing lacking on this trip was wolves, but I've never had much luck with wolves in the Fall.
Overall, it was a great trip and a great way to celebrate my 50th birthday.
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Statistics: Posted by timv — Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:37 pm
I agree with your assessment of Pac Creek road. If I have the time I always take a ride down it to have a look. I've seen black bears several times in that area.
Statistics: Posted by bsinc1962 — Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:22 am
I just got back from five days in the Tetons. I checked several times where I had seen a GGO and didn't see it again. Since I was camped close by, I listened in the evenings and didn't hear it either, so I guess it was just passing through when I saw it.
One area in the Tetons that always looks like prime GGO habitat is down the dirt portion of Pacific Creek Road leading into the National Forest. There are several large open meadows near the water surrounded by dense forest of both evergreens and deciduous trees. I've never seen an owl in there (and I travel the road hundreds of times a year), but I have never poked around the edges of those clearings. I have seen others doing just that. Anyone looking for a place to search in the area might find it fruitful. Plus, Grizzly 610 has been in that area. There was an elk carcass on Two Ocean Lake road where she was seen, and others told me they saw her on Pacific Creek Rd as recently as a few nights ago.
Statistics: Posted by Greg Norrell — Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:16 pm