Bull Elk by Michael Cummings

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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
ISO 2000
EV -0.67
Pattern Metering
No Flash
200 MM
WB Shade


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


  • Ginny York
    Ginny York12 months ago

    Excellent capture Michael! He looks fabulous with his sharpened antlers and Fall setting. i’m sure he will have many girls. :))

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hay12 months ago

    That’s a beuty, Michael :)

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hay12 months ago

    Beauty I meant ;)

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp12 months ago

    Very nice capture

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...12 months ago

    Great capture.

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumker12 months ago

    Nice find & capture my friend !

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB12 months ago

    October 14, 2013

    Beautiful capture!

  • lorilee
    lorilee12 months ago


  • TeresaB
    TeresaB12 months ago

    October 14, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...12 months ago

    Beautiful capture and composition.

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