King of the Tundra

Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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Canon 7D with EF500 f4 IS lens
1/200sec f5.6 ISO 200

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
Featured in “Shameless Self-Promotion” February 2012
Featured in “America the Beautiful” February 2012
Featured in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it” February 2012
Featured in “Hometown Photography” February 2012
Featured in “300 + Go Long!” February 2012
Featured in “Live, Love, Dream” February 2012
Featured in “DeeZ 5Cs Awards Showcase” February 2012
Featured in “All About Your Best Work” February 2012
Featured in “Inspired Art” February 2012
Featured in “Artists Universe” March 2012
Featured in “Alaska~Beyond Your Dreams” March 2012
Featured in “Americas~Rural, Urban, Wild and Free” March 2012
Featured in “Even-toed Ungulates” March 2012
Featured in “Closeups in Nature” March 2012
Featured in “High Quality Images” March 2012
Featured in “Animals Plus Wild Bird Photography!” March 2012
Featured in “Antlers, Racks and Other Horned Animals” March 2012
Featured in “Alphabet Soup” April 2012
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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