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Taken in Quebec, Canada

“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
1/250
F4.0
ISO 400
EV 0.00
Spot Metering
No Flash
200 MM
Handheld
WB Shade

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animal, ecology, elk, lake, mammal, moose, nature, water, wilderness, wildlife

Comments

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, you have captured him at rest. Incredible imagery!

  • Thank you very much Angela

    – Michael Cummings

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoalmost 4 years ago

    Terrific shot Mike

  • Thank you Anthony :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture……what a wonderful image with the fall leaves and colors !!

  • Thanks Sean, fall is an amazing time of year

    – Michael Cummings

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 4 years ago

    stunning

  • Thank you very much Scott

    – Michael Cummings

  • Wolfdocter
    Wolfdocteralmost 4 years ago

    Awesome, shot mate!

  • Thank you very much :-)

    – Michael Cummings

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunteralmost 4 years ago

    This is a gorgeous shot Michael!

  • Thank you very much Pam

    – Michael Cummings

  • NinaF
    NinaFalmost 4 years ago

    so wonderful with the Fall foliage

  • Thank you Nina

    – Michael Cummings

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Great image, Michael. I often wonder if those antlers are very heavy for the animal to hold up.

  • I am sure a mature bull’s antlers have some weight, but they have such a huge neck I don’t think it slows them any

    – Michael Cummings

  • TxGimGim
    TxGimGimalmost 4 years ago

    Nice shot!

  • Thank you TX

    – Michael Cummings

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Wow … Lovely capture Michael:)

  • Thank you very much Megs

    – Michael Cummings

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