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Alert in the Beaver Pond
Alert in the Beaver Pond

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Challenge: Waterscape (Standard Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark IV
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park
Date: Sep 29, 2017
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Oct 3, 2017

This cow is the matriarch of the moose family. In many respects, she decides where and when the rest of the clan go and what they do. I didn't want to neglect her, so here is a photo showing how alert and focused she is. She has a balancing act between managing her offspring and the bull. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Canon EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, 1/640s@f/4.0, ISO 1600, lens focal length 400mm. 09/29/17 4:39pm.


The shiras subspecies (Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho) are serial monogamists. The gigas subspecies in Alaska and the andersoni and americana subspecies in Canada/Maine collect small harems. Where I live, I've only seen one bull with one cow. There have been challenger males in the vicinity, but no harem. This could also be a function of the relatively small population east of the continental divide.

shiras moose

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10/17/2017 08:54:49 AM
such a great shot...........really expected this to end up on the front page, was my top pick.
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10/16/2017 09:23:51 AM
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Great capture!!! I'm wondering if this is in New Hampshire/Maine???

This is an A. a. shirasi moose. The NE US has a different subspecies, A. a. americana.

Message edited by author 2017-10-16 09:24:35.
10/16/2017 12:13:54 AM
A splendid entry, Richard. Love that the water drops seem as frozen as her alert stare.
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10/11/2017 02:45:15 PM
Great capture!!! I'm wondering if this is in New Hampshire/Maine???
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10/10/2017 03:06:09 PM
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