THE ITCH

Sandy Stewart

Joined April 2008

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A lone Bull Elk grazing peacefully, lifts his head to rid an itch between his massive antlers. He angles his head back, lifts his back leg up and balanced on three legs, makes it appear effortless as he uses his hoof to scratch that annoying itch!

It is interesting to note that Bulls start growing their antlers in May and this photo was taken on July 21st, which shows how quickly their antlers grow!

Bulls grow antlers annually from the time they are nearly one year old. When mature, a bull’s “rack” may have 6 to 8 points or tines on each side and weigh more than 13.6 kilograms (30 pounds). The antlers are usually shed in March or April, and begin regrowing in May, when the bony growth is nourished by blood vessels and covered by furry-looking “velvet” ( as shown in photo). Antler growth ceases each year by August, when the velvet dries up and bulls begin to scrape it off by rubbing against trees, in preparation for the autumn mating season or rut.

“PHOTO INFORMATION”

Taken on July 21/09 at 2:39pm in Yellowstone National Park, US.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 IS USM L lens.
Tripod’ Manfrotto
Taken at; 1/400’s at f/6.3, 400 mm, man wht bal, iso 800.

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