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I would love any additional advice you guys have to offer about shooting wildlife in Yellowstone. This will be my first time going and I would love to get a little bit of inside knowledge.
My best advice for photographing Yellowstone's wildlife is: take what it gives you. By that I mean that you should thoroughly work whatever subjects you find - even if they were not what you had in mind when you planned your trip.
So many folks go to Yellowstone and are so focused on photographing Elk, Grizzly Bears, or Wolves that they ignore many wonderful opportunities to photograph the less popular speies, even though excellent opportunities to do so fall right into their lap. So often, the only opportunities they ever get with their intended targets are sub-par, and they return home with a very limited colection of images taken in poor light, or too far away, etc. And here they could've returned with a bunch of world-class images, if only they'd spent time with the species that they had found in good situations.
So, if you hapen to be lucky enough to find a Black-tailed Jackrabbit, or a Coyote, or a Common Goldeneye, or a beaver - then spend a lot of time with those subjects, and do everything you can to get the best images possible. Don't leave the subject until it runs off or flies away, or goes underground. Shoot 'em for all they're worth!
In winter, one of the more interesting species to shoot are Bighorn Sheep. You are most likely to find them along the north entrance road, between Mammoth and Gardiner, or out in the Lamar Valley along the Northeast Entrance Road.
Also, keep a lookout for Red Foxes in the Roosevelt area. If found, they are sometimes cooperative, and you may be able to capture good mousing behaviour.
Bison and Pronghorn are often found in the Lamar Valley in winter, and can often be photographed very effectively. Many Pronghorn will actually allow you to approach to within a reasonable distance - say 30 or 40 yards - so long as you take your time approaching, and do not walk too quickly, or directly toward them.
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