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Elk And Aspen

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 9 December 2015 in Animal & Insect.

The elk or wapiti is one of the largest species within the deer family in the world, and one of the largest land mammals in North America. Males engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut, including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females.

This large male is standing at the edge of his harem of females to be sure no other males challenge him. There is a small stand of aspen trees in the background.

Hear the elk bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park in this YouTube video, and see the elk rut in progress. It is quiet a show each fall in the park with males rounding up females, and challenging other males.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSpGd9p17n0

NIKON D5500 1/320 second F/11.0 ISO 400 330 mm (35mm equiv.)

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The magnificent animal autumn landscape. Aspen is a beautiful tree autumn.

9 Dec 2015 5:17am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a magnificent beast . .

9 Dec 2015 8:19am

jean pierre a from France

tres bel animal! amitiés

9 Dec 2015 9:17am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful capture !

9 Dec 2015 10:33am

Devi from Chennai, India

How majestic!!! And the backdrop is simply superb! Thank you for all that info :)

9 Dec 2015 11:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

I don't think i'll challenge him. At least not today :)

9 Dec 2015 11:33am

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Magnificent animal

9 Dec 2015 11:56am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

COMposed beautifully to show off this amazing elk!

9 Dec 2015 6:44pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

beauty view well done

9 Dec 2015 7:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What a handsome fellow. Beautiful photo.

9 Dec 2015 9:54pm

Omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition & colors!
L O V E LY !!!

9 Dec 2015 11:07pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

Belle cornes

10 Dec 2015 7:09am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Marvelous capture..well done

27 Dec 2015 6:15pm

NIKON D5500
1/320 second
F/11.0
ISO 400
330 mm (35mm equiv.)