“The elk, or wapiti (Cervus canadensis), is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest mammals in North America and eastern Asia. In the deer family (Cervidae), only the moose, Alces alces (called an “elk” in Europe), is larger, and Cervus unicolor (the sambar deer) can rival the C. canadensis elk in size. Elk are almost identical to red deer found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies; however, mitochondrial DNA evidence from 2004 strongly suggests they are a distinct species.

Elk range in forest and forest-edge habitat, feeding on grasses, plants, leaves, and bark. Although native to North America and eastern Asia, they have adapted well to countries where they have been introduced, including New Zealand, Australia and Argentina. Their great adaptability may threaten endemic species and ecosystems into which they have been introduced.

Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females." Wikipedia

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Comments

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 1 year ago

    What a beautiful young elk and gorgeous head shot. Fabulous clariity and DOF!

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...about 1 year ago

    Aw beautiful capture!!! :))))))))

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 1 year ago

    The beginnings of nobility, I’d say. One day he (?) will bugle with the best of them. In the meantime, you’ve done him proud! Great work, Michael.

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 1 year ago


    Congratulations Michael! Beautiful capture!

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  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureabout 1 year ago

    This shows how handsome they truly are. Congratulations on your feature in Deer Me – FAVE:>)

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    S W E E T

  • Liz Scott
    Liz Scottabout 1 year ago

    Great headshot – love the detail and dof..:-) congrats.. – Liz

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 1 year ago

    Perfect!

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful work !!!

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