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Female Elk in Lake 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

Nikon D300
1/200
F9.0
ISO 200
EV -.67
Spot Metering
No Flash
200 MM
Handheld
WB Shade

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

Comments

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverabout 4 years ago

    Just stunning and so peaceful.

  • Thank you very much Lee-Anne

    – Michael Cummings

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Michael. Peaceful.

  • Thank you very much Klikker

    – Michael Cummings

  • Babcia
    Babciaabout 4 years ago

    Very nice capture!

  • Thank you Babcia

    – Michael Cummings

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonabout 4 years ago

    Awesome detail and capture Michael…!

  • Thank you Monte

    – Michael Cummings

  • dougie1page2
    dougie1page2about 4 years ago

    good one michael!

  • Thank you Dougie

    – Michael Cummings

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    Marvellous shot, Michael. What a beautiful animal!

  • Beautiful and very big, very impressive animals

    – Michael Cummings

  • Dania Reichmuth
    Dania Reichmuthabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture, love it!

  • Thank you very much Dania

    – Michael Cummings

  • TxGimGim
    TxGimGimabout 4 years ago

    Love this scene.

  • Thank you TX

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture Michael.

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 4 years ago

    Great capture!

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