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This handsome Pronghorn buck is from the Chihuahuan grasslands in southern New Mexico. Specifically, this shot was taken in an area that represents the most pristine habitat left in what was once a vast and vital eco-zone.

The Yucca plants bloom into beautiful white flowers in June, followed by the pods seen in these images - they are extremely high in nutrients and are a very important food source for the wildlife.

Thanks for looking, C & C welcome!

Jim





Pronghorn Buck feeding on a Yucca

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    500mm    f/8.0    1/640s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  







Chihuahuan Grassland Pronghorn Buck (Full Frame)

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    500mm    f/8.0    1/640s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  







Pronghorn Buck Portrait

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    500mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    400 ISO    -0.7 EV  




Nov 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
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Wonderful set Jim ! Love the second shot !

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Nov 10, 2012 at 06:24 PM
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Fine shots Jim, well done indeed
David



Nov 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM
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Beautiful shots, Jim, especially with the background in #2. Thanks, too, for the natural history info.
---John



Nov 10, 2012 at 07:47 PM
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Very nice set.

Wacky roger



Nov 10, 2012 at 08:41 PM
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Great info and shots Jim.love to see the environment. What keeps the pronghorn population at bay? I think their main predator left North America round the last ice age. In NJ deer are controlled by masses of collisions with 2 ton moving vehicles!
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birdied wrote:
Wonderful set Jim ! Love the second shot !

Birdie


Thank you Birdie, the second is my fav also.

Jim



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David Leask wrote:
Fine shots Jim, well done indeed
David


I appreciate the comment David.

Jim



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jdc562 wrote:
Beautiful shots, Jim, especially with the background in #2. Thanks, too, for the natural history info.
---John


John, thanks so much for looking.

Jim



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Very nice set.

Wacky roger


Thanks Roger, obviously you think NM is a special place also.

Jim



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eyelaser wrote:
Great info and shots Jim.love to see the environment. What keeps the pronghorn population at bay? I think their main predator left North America round the last ice age. In NJ deer are controlled by masses of collisions with 2 ton moving vehicles!
Eric


Hey Eric, thanks for the comment. Yes, the North American Cheetah is long gone - now their biggest threat is predation on the fawns by Coyotes - and it can be a big threat! The mother Antelope leaves the fawns hidden alone much of the time as the fawns put off no smell...as such they are safer away from an adult. Other than that, a few succumb to lions, and even Golden Eagles. They are a treat to be around and photograph...when you can get close.

Jim



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Good looking set Jim, esp #3


Nov 10, 2012 at 11:42 PM
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Thanks, Jim, for the variety of information, the little picture story and the excellent images.
I've seen pronghorns many times, but never a small young one- maybe it's because they're secreted away in plain sight- and don't move.
I have trouble imagining baby mammals with no smell to them, but I'll take your word on that.
And, oh, the warm colors on your last image are tremendous!
Charlie



Nov 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM
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nicely done Jim.. #2 for me


Nov 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM
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Super work Jim

Morris



Nov 11, 2012 at 01:09 AM
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Well done Jim. It's 2 and 3 for me ~ Ron


Nov 11, 2012 at 02:25 PM
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Very nice work Jim, I especially like the portrait.

Tim



Nov 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
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Great shots and you must have the knack of getting close.
Mark



Nov 11, 2012 at 06:02 PM
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KCollett wrote:
Good looking set Jim, esp #3


Thanks Ken

Jim



Nov 12, 2012 at 02:56 AM
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Charlie Shugart wrote:
Thanks, Jim, for the variety of information, the little picture story and the excellent images.
I've seen pronghorns many times, but never a small young one- maybe it's because they're secreted away in plain sight- and don't move.
I have trouble imagining baby mammals with no smell to them, but I'll take your word on that.
And, oh, the warm colors on your last image are tremendous!
Charlie


Hey Charlie, thanks for the comment - you can't eat what you can't see or smell - that's my story and I'm sticking to it.. ...

Jim



Nov 12, 2012 at 08:48 PM
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