Aquatic Moose

Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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Featured in “Animal Photography” January 2010
Featured in “Even-toed Ungulates (Mammals) Artiodactyla” July 2010

Photographed in Yellowstone Park, Wyoming USA.
This bull Moose had wandered neck deep into the lake where we watched him for over thirty minutes contentedly feeding on aquatic plants. 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 (see below) 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. Definitely an experience you don’t have every day!!

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

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