Readers’ wildlife photographs

I doubt I’ll be writing more about the election, at least for a week or so—or perhaps indefinitely. In the meantime, Stephen Barnard of Idaho has sent me some new readers’ wildlife photographs. His caption:

 Bull elk (Cervus canadensis) — the biggest and baddest of four bulls in the field across the creek.

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9 Comments

  1. Posted November 10, 2016 at 7:52 am | Permalink

    Majestic!

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 10, 2016 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Yes, and they come together to fight over one thing…animals.

  3. rickflick
    Posted November 10, 2016 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Beautiful animals. What camera and lens was used to pull them closer Stephen?
    Nice stand of aspen in the first.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted November 10, 2016 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      The first photo was taken from my backyard and the elk are about 1/3 mile away. The other two were from about 100 yards. All taken with a Canon 5D3, a Canon 500mm f4 II, and a 1.4x extender for 700mm (full frame). The aspens in the first photo are part of about a 20-acre stand of mature trees that enclose two ponds. It’s where the eagles nest.

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted November 10, 2016 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    Excellent pictures, Stephen!

  5. Karen Bartelt
    Posted November 10, 2016 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful to see the elk.

  6. Posted November 10, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    That elk rump is a darn sight more attractive than a certain tangerine horse’s ass.

  7. keith cook +/-
    Posted November 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    he certainly looks like a powerful animal… i like the aspens in the background in the first pic.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted November 10, 2016 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

      That bull is mature but young. The veteran bruisers have thicker antlers (but maybe with fewer points). He’s in prime condition. I don’t see any wounds or any sign of lameness. The mature bulls are big — about the size of a horse.


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