Riding Mountain National Park in Early Fall – day 3, part 3

We were still in the Bison Enclosure and had just left the White-tail Deer in the last post, and I was continuing along on the one way road towards the exit.  This road has lots of curves, especially once you get into the bush and it is quite a narrow road (which is why it is one way).  Just ahead of me, I saw some Bison.   I was surprised, because I always take this road and had never seen any Bison once I get into the bush part of it – but there they were.  They were just waking up and moving very slowly.

I always drive slowly through here anyway, so I didn’t have a problem with them moving slowly – but they weren’t anxious to even move at all and pretty much stood there without moving.  So – I stopped and began snapping pictures through the windshield.  I don’t get the best pictures through the windshield, but it was either this way or no pictures.

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The Bull is taking a deep sniff of the cow (above), and his reaction (below)

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They slowly started to walk ahead of me and I slowly followed.

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This Bison above is rubbing against a tree to scratch and the same one below gave me quite a look – maybe I wasn’t supposed to see that.
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Please note that I am nowhere near as close as this looks.  I have quite a bit of zoom on my camera.
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I can’t resist the young ones.  🙂

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The road widened a bit with grass on the sides, so the Bison moved off to allow me to slowly pass.  These 2 (above & below) were the last of the herd and I was soon out of the enclosure.

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As I have been driving along the gravel roads, I often see Flickers fly away and I always slow down or stop to see where they land and if I can get a picture.  Until now, they had avoided my photography, but this one perched in a perfect spot for me to snap a couple of pictures.  They turned out almost identical, so I’ll just show you this one of a Northern Flicker.

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I stopped at Spruces for a look back towards the Lake Audy Road and the dark clouds.

I found a couple of Loons on the Wishing Well Road and managed some pictures.

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The trees along the lake are getting fall colours.

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Then I headed for #19 and found more colours along the road.

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I pulled into Katherine Lake and found some wild horses (well, maybe not wild), but horses anyway.  Apparently the riders are Don, Don and Jan.  They allowed me to take a picture and then they were on their way.

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I noticed a trail at the other end of the parking lot and decided to take a little stroll.  This was actually longer than I would walk on my own and especially starting in the afternoon, so I just walked in a bit and then walked back out.  It looks like a nice trail though.

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Then it was into Wasagaming for a walk along the shore and onto the dock.

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Two of this group seem to be a bit different
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Lots of boats on the dock
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and parked in the water
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More red chairs.
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This one Gull was on his own and quite a distance from the flock down the beach.
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After dinner I went back to #19 and I could see that the chance of a sunset picture wasn’t good.
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I found one more Wood Duck on one of the streams and got a picture.

I decided to head back to the B&B earlier than usual, since the clouds were too thick to aim for sunset tonight.

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