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Featured in “Amazing Wildlife” March 2012
Featured in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it” March 2012
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Featured in “Alaska ~Beyond your Dreams” March 2012
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Featured in “Even-toed Ungulates” April 2012

Editors choice for Animal Photo Of The Week in the
World As We See It, or as we missed it Group March 5th-11th 2012

Canon 7D with EF500 f1.4 IS lens + 1.4 x converter
1/200sec f8 ISO 400

A bull Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) with a female alongside on the tundra plains of North Slope, Alaska, USA, heading south with their herd during the fall migration.

This migration will carry the caribou one hundred to three hundred miles south into the area south of the Brooks Range, in the vicinity of Arctic Village, Alaska, and into the southern Richardson and Ogilvie mountains in the Yukon Territory. The caribou continue to lay on fat as they move south as the males will need energy reserves for the rut and all will need it during the winter months. During this time, the bulls are shedding the velvet from their antlers and rubbing them against trees and shrubs. They are also becoming increasingly aggressive, engaging in brief sparring matches.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 3 years ago

    Looks cold there. Great capture. I hope to get up there in the spring within the next 3 years. :o)

  • Thanks very much Bunny, you’re right, it was extremely cold!!

    – Martin Smart

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Francis.

    – Martin Smart

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Martin

  • Thanks very much Larry!

    – Martin Smart

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 3 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you very much Joycee!

    – Martin Smart

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Lori!

    – Martin Smart

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you very much Carol!

    – Martin Smart

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Martin Smart

  • Matt  Carlyon
    Matt Carlyonalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning work Martin! Great composition, colours and clarity – fantastic image mate, congrats!

  • Glad you like it Matt, thanks very much for your great comments, really appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 3 years ago

    beautiful shot Martin

  • Thank you very much Dave!

    – Martin Smart

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

    Well captured … looks like hard going through the snow !
    Thanks for the fascinating info.

  • Many thanks for your kind comments Trish!

    – Martin Smart

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