Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More Elk Bugling...


More Elk bugling today, being music to my ears and many others I just can't get enough of it. Both taken on different days in different locations one early morning and one late evening both these Elk have one thing in common and that is bugling and trying to impress the cows. The photo was taken at almost 7 p.m. as light was quickly fading, to get the photograph I had to shoot at ISO 1000, 1/20 second at f4 with the D300 and the 70-200 2.8 with a 1.4 teleconvertor attached. He was one of eight bulls in a group with only a few cows that Buckwheat and I found by following the bugling.

The video is 23 seconds and again I must ask you to TURN UP YOUR VOLUME. While the video is a bit soft (sorry I didn't have my glasses on to manually focus) it is good in that is shows a bull close up bugling and urinating all over himself. Bulls do this because the urine scent on their bodies help the cows to identify different bulls and helps to keep the cows near during the rut. The scent may also induce cows to come into estrus in preparation for breeding. If I ever pass along bad information please correct me Willard.

2 comments:

Crokus Family said...

What an amazing shot! I sure wish I was with you guys that day!!! It's cool you added some elk info in there too... those that do not study these animals as closely as we do may think the unrinating on self thing is a little strange! Haha, keep sharing!

Brad said...

Love the photographs. Just started getting into still photography (I do video for work) and want to do a lot of outside and natural light work. I can't wait to see what else you post. Again, very gorgeous shots. :)