Two cows and two calves were moving from a pasture into timber here. This photo has only one of the calves. The day was overcast and snowing lightly in early January 2012. To me, the interesting behavior was how the two cows stayed so close together as they milled around while I snapped the photos. When I left, they continued to calmly move up into the timber.
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Taken west of Victor, Montana USA.
Notes of interest: This time of year, the elk cows and calves hang out in smaller groups. These two cows are probably pregnant and in the pasture looking for areas that are free of snow and covered with nutritious grass.
Also, notice the shorter snout/jaw on the calf.
Canon EOS 7D, 1/100s, f/5.6, ISO: 1250, 300mm, manual mode
Cannon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
Jan 6, 2012