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Young Elk

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 12 September 2016 in Animal & Insect.

A young bull elk munches on grass in Rocky Mountain National Park. Perhaps he is just waiting for his antlers to grow.

North American elk (Cervus elaphus) are one of the largest members of the deer family. Large males, called bulls, can weigh several hundred pounds and stand five feet at the shoulder.

Only males have antlers, which grow in the spring and drop each winter. Antlers can grow up to an inch a day. They are covered with a protective layer of velvety skin. When the antlers are fully grown, the bulls scrape this layer off.

NIKON D5500 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 400 93 mm (35mm equiv.)

omid from mashhad, Iran

so cute! :)
very nice portrait!
L O V E L Y !!!

12 Sep 2016 9:58am

ursulakatariina from Turku, Finland

What a beautiful elk!

12 Sep 2016 11:27am

Wayra from Roma, Italy

What is he eating? Spaghetti? :-)

12 Sep 2016 2:18pm

Frances from Boston, United States

A superb image. Great capture.

12 Sep 2016 3:40pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Excellent.

12 Sep 2016 8:16pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific portrait.

12 Sep 2016 10:06pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A pretty portrait of this handsome guy.

12 Sep 2016 11:04pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

superbe

13 Sep 2016 1:25pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Munching away ...lovely capture !

15 Sep 2016 11:33am

NIKON D5500
1/125 second
F/5.6
ISO 400
93 mm (35mm equiv.)