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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

Was taken in Quebec, Canada

Nikon D800
1/640
F5.6
ISO 640
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
550 MM
Handheld
WB Sun

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

Comments

  • Stephen Beattie
    Stephen Beattie8 months ago

    Nice eye contact!!

  • lorilee
    lorilee8 months ago

    Gorgeous!!!

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB8 months ago

    November 15, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Ginny York
    Ginny York8 months ago

    Beautiful capture Michael. I hope this guy makes it into the Deer Me Group. :))

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jackson8 months ago

    Gorgeous portrait, love it :o)x

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Trupp8 months ago

    Nice work

  • CJTill
    CJTill8 months ago

    Awesome work Michael

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...8 months ago


    17 November 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • lorilee
    lorilee8 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Eye Contact!!”

  • John44
    John448 months ago

    Art is (& PhotoArt) not a thing; it is a way.
    Elbert Hubbard

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