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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5d Mark II, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Moose photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-12-02 18:02
Viewed: 3184
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Everyone,
We ran into this young bull Moose in the Cypress Hills yesterday, we hadn't seen one in quite a while so we were happy to see him, but as you can see the feeling was not mutual. When shooting wildlife images one has to pay attention to the body language of the animals you are shooting. This guy found that we were in his comfort zone, so his ears went back then he squared off. which caused us to back off which caused him to spin and run off into the trees. Happy end to this encounter, we had the good fortune to see another bull and cow in another area of the park, but were unable to find a place we could get a clear shot through the bush. Following information is from Weaselhead.org

Alces alces

General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

The Moose is a species that is found in the northern parts of both Eurasia and North America. In Europe, this mammal is known as the Elk, as indicated by its scientific name. The common new-world name was derived from the Algonkian term, 'Moz' meaning twig-eater.

This is currently the tallest wild land mammal in North America (with the possible exception of some feral horses) and is the largest living member of the Deer Family. The large males stand an average of 181 (169-210) cm or six to seven feet tall at the shoulders and weigh an average of 453 (385-535) kg or 1000 (847-1177) pounds; females are almost as tall and weigh an average of 350 kg or about 768 pounds. The long legs of the Moose make it wonderfully adapted for travelling through the forests, allowing it to easily step over fallen trees and other debris. In the winter, it readily walks through waste-deep snow, lifting its legs straight up and down, minimizing snowdrag. Those long legs allow it to easily step over most man-made fences, too. Its low dew-claws (the two hind toes) aid it in crossing streams, preventing it from sinking deeply in wet areas.

As their Algonkian name suggests, Moose are primarily browsers. In summer, they strip the leaves of willows and other preferred, mostly deciduous, shrubs or young trees, with a sideways thrust of their head. In winter, because they lack upper incisors, they break off the twigs with a rapid upward jerk. To reach the top of taller stems, they often straddle the plant, forcing it down within reach. In early spring, to access new grasses, because they have a short neck, they bend their wrists, literally kneeling on the ground. One of their favourite summer food are the tubers and leaves of members of the waterlily family, and other aquatic plants. At times, they may go as deep as six m (20 ft) and stay submerged for up to one minute. But even in summer, woody vegetation forms the bulk of their diet. They need about 2.3 kg (about five pounds) of browse per hundredweight of moose per day. This means that a 1000 pound moose needs to eat 50 pounds of food per day. To process this largely cellulose diet, they have a very long alimentary canal system, measuring about 40 m (132 ft) long.

The crowning glory of the mature male is his antlers. These begin to grow in April. Unlike other members of the Deer Family, the spaces between the points or tines are largely filled in, making for a more shovel-like set. The furry velvet growth that feeds the antlers is rubbed off in late August. Older males shed their set in December or January, but the younger ones don't drop theirs until late in February.

The antlers, which are light-coloured, are polished by thrashing them against vegetation. Since they reflect light as a mirror, they may act as a signal to the females (cows), which now tend to gather near the male. When nearing her receptive period, she utters a peculiar pleading call, irresistable to the male. The bull approaches and remains with her until she ovulates, and after mating, abandons her in search of another cow. After a gestation period of about 240 days, in late May or early June, she gives birth, usually to twins, but singles or triplets are not uncommon. Each weighs about 14 kg (30 pounds). The calves, which are unspotted, double their weight in three weeks. The cow staunchly defends them, even attacking a bulldozer approaching a calf that had its leg trapped in roots. The young remain with her throughout their first winter, but are driven off near the time of the arrival of her next offspring. For the first few months they appear to unwarily blunder through the woods.

For most of the year, Moose lead a solitary existence, seeking out each other only during the rutting season. Some young females may be sexually mature at 16 months, but most are not ready to mate until 28 months of age. Young bulls, while sexually mature at the same time, are usually prevented from breeding by the older males until at least five years old. Moose have been known to live to 20 years of age.

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hello Rick

i love that eye-contact that you have with this buck moose,
very fine POV and framing, great focus sharpness and details,



Hi Rick,
A fine close up. Great details and good focus on the eyes. Yes one keep their wits about them when around wild animals the size of a bull moose. Well done. Your sure get your moneys worth in Cyprus hills don't you!
Have a fine day,

Beautiful portrait Rick
Regards and beware.

Thank you for this interesting post Rick. We do not have a chance to see often this beautiful animal in TN. I hope to see more of your impressive flora and fauna. Unfortunately I have used all my points for and can not award your work today but may be tomorrow.
George Veltchev

A great story to go with a super character pose. I can almost read it's thoughts by it's eyes.
Bob....hugging Jane

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-12-02 23:39]

Hello Rick
Wonderful portrait.
Thanks for sharing

Hi MF Rick,

Excellent capture of this handsome young bull moose, you've managed to focus in on his face very nicely.
Nice balanced exposure too.
TFS and have a nice weekend MF!


Such a good shot.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-03 7:12]

Hello Rick,
What a beauty!!! These eyes.... Excellent sharpness, details and composition. Beautiful natural colours.

Bonjour Rick,
Très bonne valorisation du sujet avec un beau regard attendrissant saisi à l'instant décisif.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-03 8:29]

Hello Rick
A real beauty!Excellent close up of this moose.The details are amazing,with lovely eye contact.The shot is well composed.Very nice colours and super definition and focus.Best regards Siggi

nice portrait, TFS Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-05 7:37]

Hello Rick,
This is a really great close encounter with a Moose! I love the way it's turned keeping a watchful eye on you. Beautiful light and colours, a nice natural background and well framed! I haven't seen an Elk for years! As a child we frequently saw them near our house outside Stockholm.
Many thanks and best regards, Ulla

Hi Rick
This young bull moose is giving you quite the look as he gazes into your camera lens. An awesome portrait of this majestic mammal against the wintery background. I love the colors, very soft and earthy. Well done.
TFS Janice

This is a beautiful photo! I visited Canada earlier this year, but I didn't see any moose unfortunately, but this photograph makes me feel like I've seen one for real!

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