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    Most male elk at this time of year are nervously circling their little herd of females, continually calling and rushing to prevent any female from wandering away. This experience campaigner knows thatís a lot of nonsense. He takes a little food and then leisurely idles away the afternoon in the sun. Every now and again he calls to his ladies and they stay nearby.



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    Lens: DZ 50-200mm w/TC 1.4 at 283mm
    Shooting mode: P
    Shutter speed: 1/250
    Aperture: f5
    Metering mode: ESP
    WB: Auto
    ISO: 160





    Camera: E-3
    Lens: DZ 50-200mm w/TC 1.4 at 283mm
    Shooting mode: P
    Shutter speed: 1/250
    Aperture: f5
    Metering mode: ESP
    WB: Auto
    ISO: 160
    Good shooting,
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    EB, the elk is amazing. From that angle, the rack looks almost the length of his body. Was he aware of your presence? Or is that a just a yawn with him saying, ho-hum, I guess I'll let EB have this shot? I've never seen elks in the wild, so I don't know how skittish they are.

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    Thank you. He did have a substantial rack. He was definitely aware of my presence as I approached him head on over an open field. Usually the male elk is fairly skittish and doesn't let anyone approach closely. The females are much less skittish unless they have young, in which case you will not see them at all as they will be hidden away. During the rut, when this image was taken, the male elk usually devote all of their attention to collecting and protecting a small herd of females. They can be approached at this time because of their preoccupation but there is some danger involved because if they suddenly perceive you as a competitor or a threat to their females they will agressively charge.
    Good shooting,
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    Those are nice shots.. he is a handsome fella ..
    with the Deer it is the females that are more skitish at all times .. the males are more relaxed.. I approached one Buck within about 10 feet .. he didnt mind to much but the females are the ones that got him nervous and he took off .. lol..

    I would love to get shots of Elk in the wild ..

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    I can almost hear him bellowing in the first one.

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    Really nice photo EB.How many yards away, did not look aty EXIF? cheers Pete
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    Thank you. Time now to plan your next vaction in elk country.
    Good shooting,
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    Thank you. Yes, that was a nice capture.
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    Thank you. Unfortunately the EXIF data that relates to distance on the Olympus 4/3 cameras is not accurate. My memory is now shaky on the distance but I guess he was somewhere between sixty and eighty feet away.
    Good shooting,
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    Great sharp shots!
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    A beautiful animal, EB, and well captured. He no doubt has earned a little rest. Looks like he may be nursing a bit of an injury to that left ear, can't be sure.
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    Thank you.
    Good shooting,
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    Thank you. I think you're right about the ear injury, though it looks like an old wound that's healed.
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