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WINNER of the Something Brown Challenge in the Absolute Clarity Group

2nd Place in the Honk for Horned Ungulates!! Challenge in the Even-toed Ungulates Group

3rd Place in the 20 FEATURES – December 2012 Challenge in the Featured For A Challenge Group

Featured in “Nature In Its Entirety” February 2012
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Featured in “Americas~Rural, Urban, Wild and Free” March 2012
Featured in “Even-toed Ungulates” March 2012
Featured in “Closeups in Nature” March 2012
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Featured in “Animals Plus Wild Bird Photography!” March 2012
Featured in “Antlers, Racks and Other Horned Animals” March 2012
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Featured in “Amazing Wildlife” October 2012

A portrait of two bull Muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) trying to establish their dominance whilst guarding their herd on the snowy tundra plains of North Slope, Alaska, USA on a very cold and misty October afternoon.

The muskox is an Arctic mammal of the family Bovidae, and is noted for its thick coat and for the strong odor emitted by males, from which it gets its name. This musky odor is used to attract females during mating season. The Alaskan population was actually wiped out in the late 19th or early 20th century most likely due to over hunting. However they have subsequently been reintroduced.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    What handsome beasts. Great capture Martin.

  • Many thanks Bunny, it was a bonus to see these magnificent creatures after photographing the polar bears earlier during our trip!

    – Martin Smart

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    NatureGreeting...almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, and a fave!! Carolyn

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments and the fave Carolyn!

    – Martin Smart

  • Carla Jensen
    Carla Jensenalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning Image…Martin!! Excellent Capture..Wtg

  • Thank you so much Carla, glad you like it!

    – Martin Smart

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Very neat pair Martin, with nice read

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

    – Martin Smart

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 3 years ago

    OH WOW!!!!!! Amazing animals…and to think you got to shoot them!! Beautiful shot, Martin!

  • Thank you very much for your kind comments Wendi!

    – Martin Smart

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations on your feature !!!
    Nature In Its Entirety-NOTHING MAN MADE Features February 21st, 2012

    This work is eligible to enter in our Featured Work February 2012 Challenge
    Good Luck

  • Thank you so much for the feature Evita, I really appreciate it!

    – Martin Smart

  • supergold
    supergoldalmost 3 years ago

    great capture

  • Thank you very much supergold!

    – Martin Smart

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camillerialmost 3 years ago

    great capture Martin !

  • Thank you so much Karen!

    – Martin Smart

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethalmost 3 years ago

    fabulous work! greatest deo portrait:))

  • Thank you so much Lisa!

    – Martin Smart

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamalmost 3 years ago

    Amazing looking creatures and as always your crystal clear shot shows them off beautifully. Wonderful capture, Martin!

  • Glad you like it Damienne, thank you so much for your kind comments and support!

    – Martin Smart

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