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Skogens kung


Skogens kung
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO DG, Digital RAW 200, UV Filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-04 3:45
Viewed: 2823
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Went yesterday out for a hike and while driving to location we saw this young elk (moose) standing and eating alongside the road,he was not affraid and I could make a few shots of him before he dissappeared in the woods again,it was quite difficult to get a clear shot of him with all the branches around,butI will show you this week a few of the best shots I was able to shoot,hope you like him.



The elk or moose (Alces alces) is the largest species of deer in Sweden but in spite of its size it moves easily in forest and field. It is also a good swimmer. Elks mate early in September when the bulls fight over the females that have come into heat, using their antlers in the combat. Elks defend themselves against predators by kicking with the hooves of their forelegs.

In May to June the female elk gives birth to from one to three calves, though usually twins. A newborn calf weighs about 10 kg. During their first 34 months the calves are reddish brown but in the autumn they turn grey-brown. The calves suckle as late as October and they follow their mothers for their entire first year. Just before the elk calves again she drives off her year-old calves which then have to manage by themselves.

During the summer elks live off grass, herbs, ground foliage, leaves and aquatic plants. During the winter they eat pine-twigs and small pine-trees as well as bark and twigs from mountain ash, aspen and willow. Calves learn about how to change to a winter diet by following their mothers.

At the beginning of the 19th century elks had almost become extinct in Sweden from being hunted as game and falling victim to predators. The government decided that elk should only be hunted for a brief period each year. Elks have vastly increased in numbers since that time. In the wild elks live for a maximum of 2025 years.

picture cropped,sharpened and resized for web

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-04 4:39]

Hej Paul,
Very fine shot of this young elk. I would have guessed the shot was taken far out in the wild with that background, and not along the roadside! Sharp focus on the head and nice natural colours. I like the rocky background with the diagonal lines very much in this excellent composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hola Paul,
Bonito retrato, parece posar para la foto, la mota muy completa. Saludos

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-04 7:32]

Hi Paul,
Thanks for sharing this posting with us, it is well composed, has great color and details. Your moose ( elk ) look different than ours, they are quite light in color and seem smaller. This guy seems to have just shed his antlers I believe. Great capture and nice work.
Rick

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-04 10:58]

Hello Paul,
(Or should I say say 'hej', since your title for this shot is Swedish)
This is a nice capture of a young elk in his natural habitat and you took a sharp shot of him despite the branches in front of him.
This is also well-composed.
Luck that he did not decide to run across the road infront of the car!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Paul,
Great in the wild shot of your young elk..
Good exposure, detail, DOF, and natural colors. I like the native or natural environment I see, with the patches of snow there :)
Well done & TFS!

Need to come up your way, the moose is one of the creatures on my list to shoot (camera) ;), good detail, like that it is in the undergrowth, seems so natural.

Greg

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-04 15:27]

Hello Paul

An excellent encounter and photo.These massive deer are impressive to watch.Excellent eye contact.The shot is well composed and in a natural setting.Very rugged looking terrain.I like the colours and tones,i look forward to the other shots in the series.TFS

Rob

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-07 7:24]

Hi Paul,
the youngster seem to be as curious as us ;-).
Very well captured, I do like the POV it shows the elk in a wonderful enviroment. Very natural colors and lovely textures in this shot. You images is nice and sharp and very well composed.
TFS..Sky

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-08 5:12]

Hello Paul,
Whow, great capture, so wonderfull.
Well done.
Vivian

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