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“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

Taken in Quebec, Canada

Nikon D800
1/100
F8.0
ISO 2000
EV -0.67
Pattern Metering
No Flash
400 MM
Handheld
WB Shade

Tags

animal, ecology, elk, lake, mammal, nature, water, wilderness, wildlife, images, pictures

Comments

  • AuntDot
    AuntDot9 months ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Ginny York
    Ginny York9 months ago

    Wow ~ Beautiful close up capture of the battle of the battle of the Bulls. Such clarity!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp9 months ago

    Very nice capture

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...9 months ago


    13 October 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...9 months ago

    Great moment well captured.

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randall9 months ago

    Featured Monday 15 Oct 2013

    Congratulations!!!

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raade8 months ago

    ’Tis the Season!

  • SarahJanesCards
    SarahJanesCards8 months ago

    cool :)

  • MotherNature
    MotherNature28 days ago

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    This wonderful image is featured for all to see in DEER ME, June 25, 2014. It’s great and it’s a favorite:>)

    Please take a moment to congratulate your fellow members and view this week’s features in the Permanent Deer Me Features gallery.

  • SarahJanesCards
    SarahJanesCards28 days ago

    cool :)

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