American Bison (Florida) Picture Gallery

There they were, grazing on the grass at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. This small herd (about 24 animals in May, 2005) remains and is growing from bison transplanted from the Midwestern states to Florida in the early 1970's. The relocation was a trial based upon documents from the early Spanish explorers (1400's) indicating the area once had large bison herds, of which there existed no traces by the 1700's. The original transplanted animals initially flourished but suffered a setback due to disease. The herd is rebuilding again.

While we didn't get close enough to see well with the naked eye, binoculars and our camera's telephoto lens did enable better viewing. (There's more than bison here and we'll have an article on this wonderful state park, soon).

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel single lens reflex (dSLR) camera was employed for most of the bird photos below. It was equipped with a  Sigma zoom lens 170-500 mm, sometimes with a 1.4 tele-extender. All photos on the page are downsized and compressed for loading speed. The high resolution 6.3 megapixel images are archived offline.

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These pictures (above and below) show American bison back on their native range in Florida.

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