Caribou Migration

Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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Featured in “300+ Go Long!” March 2012
Featured in “Americas~Rural, Urban, Wild and Free” March 2012
Featured in “Amazing Wildlife” March 2012
Featured in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it” March 2012
Featured in “Wild Nature Photography” March 2012
Featured in “Alaska ~Beyond your Dreams” March 2012
Featured in “Antlers, Racks and Other Horned Animals” March 2012
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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