I’m heading out to RMNP for a late shoot, hoping to not only get elk but finally catch beavers active at their den.
In the mean time, I thought I’d post another bull elk. This is the same big guy from the last couple of posts. He has a small harem (in past years he’s had a huge harem) and lately seems to be hanging out in Moraine Park. I’ll see if I can still find him there this afternoon.
No major clashes between the titans so far. He’s responding to a similarly sized bull across the creek who keeps bugling at him but won’t confront him directly. Being the macho stud that he is, he can’t let a potential challenge go unanswered.
It was a little disturbing that he seemed to be eying me as he bugled . . . I had a tree and a big boulder between us just in case he decided he was in the mood to rumble.
If you haven’t heard bull elk bugling and the cows and calves mewing to each other, particularly as the sun rises in the morning, you’re missing a real treat. I’ll take elk bugling over whales singing any day.
Rocky Mountain national Park, CO
Sony 70-400G @ 400mm
Feisol Tripod, Jobu Gimbal
400mm, ISO640, 1/320sec, f/7.1
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