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Bull Elk In Autumn 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
1/100
F5.6
ISO 2000
EV -0.33
Spot Metering
No Flash
100 MM
Handheld
WB Shade

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

Comments

  • Ginny York
    Ginny York10 months ago

    That is quite the rack Michael! He looks awesome between the green of the grass and the changing colors of the trees.

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...10 months ago


    13 October 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz4710 months ago

    What a remarkable beast, Michael. I’ve never seen one with antlers like this in the wild, but we have several elk farms around here, & these big fellas do appear on occasion. Have seen less well-endowed Wapiti roaming free in the past, but this one would be at the top of the list no matter where he showed up!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp10 months ago

    Very nice capture

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB10 months ago

    October 14, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • lorilee
    lorilee10 months ago

    Beautiful!!

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    Helen Akerstro...9 months ago

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...6 months ago

    Congratulations!

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  • Ginny York
    Ginny York6 months ago


    Congratulations Michael!

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