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JOINT WINNER of the Creatures with Horns Challenge in the All Creatures Great & Small Group

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Another photograph of the bull Moose as it came swimming towards us, desperate to put some distance between himself and the Coyote on the bank behind him……

The Moose had wandered neck deep into the lake where we watched him for over thirty minutes contentedly feeding on aquatic plants (see here and below). We thought he was probably trying to cool off at the same time. Behind him, on the opposite side of the lake to where we were standing we became aware of a Coyote stalking a pair of Sandhill Cranes. The Cranes got wise to this and took off. Alerted by the sudden disturbance behind him, the Moose turned to check out what was going on and became completely spooked when he spotted the Coyote. In a state of panic he came charging through the lake in our direction plunging forward and swimming to the best of his ability as fast as he could. I continued to photograph until the Moose reached the bank just below where we were standing. He emerged from the water in all his glory, took one look at us above him, and charged off to our right into a forested area about a hundred yards away.

When you view the larger image you will notice hundreds of small flies around the Moose’s antlers!

Photographed in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming USA

Canon 40D
1/200sec f7.1 ISO 200
500mm lens + 1.4x converter

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  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsalmost 5 years ago

    That eye says everything and it is pure panic. Wonderful capture with some excellent depth to the water and a great reflection and light.

  • Yes, he was completely spooked David, when he came out of the water just below us he was totally bewildered and for a few seconds didn’t know which way to head for the best. Thanks very much for your visit and comments, appreciated as always!

    – Martin Smart

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryseralmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture =- love the intensity in the eye and the reflection

  • Thanks very much Jay, appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • Carla Maloco
    Carla Malocoalmost 5 years ago

    I agree that looks says ‘throw me a life vest’!!!Great reflection and probably a once in a lifetime shot.

  • Thanks so much for your visit and comments Carla!

    – Martin Smart

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantalmost 5 years ago

    Very awesome images , Martin !!

  • Thank you very much Judy, I appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • jaffa
    jaffaalmost 5 years ago

    cracking shot.

  • Thanks very much jaffa!

    – Martin Smart

  • Olga Zvereva
    Olga Zverevaalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot, Martin!

  • Thank you so much Olga!

    – Martin Smart

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carveralmost 5 years ago

    This is a knock out!!

  • Thanks very much for such a great comment Lee-Anne!

    – Martin Smart

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture well done !!!

  • Many thanks for your visit and comments Erik, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • Donna Ridgway
    Donna Ridgwayalmost 5 years ago

    This is wonderful! What an experience!

  • Thank you so much Donna, I appreciate your comments!

    – Martin Smart

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 5 years ago

    wow!!!!! fantastic shot
    They are such beautiful animals……. in a weird sort of way

  • Many thanks for your comments Dave, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

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