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Charlie Shugart
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A brief series of the subspecies found in Yellowstone and other parts of the Rocky Mountains.
A big male such as this one can weigh about 800 lbs.
They normally weigh a couple hundred lbs less than their PNW cousins- the Roosevelt elk.
As you can gather, this shot was taken in late autumn, when the dominant males are collecting their harems prior to the mating season.



Charlie Shugart 2014

Yellowstone Elk




Apr 11, 2014 at 02:13 AM
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Nice comp Charlie, a rather fine exposure and some special light on that large male. I really like the colors and feel of this image.......well seen sir Charlie

Karl



Apr 11, 2014 at 02:18 AM
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Nice color in this one Charlie. Good shot.


Apr 11, 2014 at 03:11 AM
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Very nice shot Charlie , love the composition.

Birdie



Apr 11, 2014 at 03:12 AM
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Lovely shot Charlie....I see the big boy has its eyes on some of the ladies.
Eric



Apr 11, 2014 at 03:36 AM
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Fine capture, Charlie, with pleasant color tones.
Your explanation of the shot helps the viewer to see the story behind it
Socrate



Apr 11, 2014 at 03:43 AM
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Cool creatures. Thanks for sharing!


Apr 11, 2014 at 07:23 AM
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nicely done Charlie


Apr 11, 2014 at 08:37 AM
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Certain parts on that big boy don't seem any smaller

I have thought that the Yellowstone elk were smaller that the Roosevelt elk. Do you know if that is due to food source/availability Charlie ?

This guy keeping his eyes on the females is a bit of foreshadowing for the coming Autumn. Nicely done Charlie!

Tim



Apr 11, 2014 at 12:36 PM
 

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Lookin good Charlie!!!!


Apr 11, 2014 at 12:37 PM
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Now that's quite a rack, Charlie. Looks like he keeping a close eye on his female friends.

Ed



Apr 11, 2014 at 01:14 PM
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Very nice, Charlie.
Having three subjects often seems to work well in an image.
Chris



Apr 11, 2014 at 05:52 PM
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Thanks guys and doll .
The elk have been feeding well since spring and they look their best at breeding season- until the males begin their serious competitions- then some of them might get beat up. But those battles are usually just extreme shoving matches- and the losers run away when they realize they have been beaten.
Sometimes composition works out- sometimes not. My lens was a fixed 400mm, I was limited in my ability to move around, and the elk are in constant-but-slow movement.
Why the Roosevelt are bigger? My educated guess is that their winter range is much more food-rich, and has less-severe weather than in the Rockies- figured over a very long time period.
The males being on constant alert for competing males, I was surprised that the dominant males spend so much time bullying the females in their harems. Not smacking them around- but walking towards them in an intimidating way. And when they walk purposefully towards youngsters, the youngsters run like hell- slowly circling back to their mommas.
Charlie



Apr 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM
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Very nice one, Charlie. When I was in Colorado Springs and Rocky Mountain, I had a chance to shoot some big mammals too but I only had little time to spend with family.

- Tam



Apr 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM
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I like the way he seems to be keeping an eye on the couple of females in the distance. Great shot Charlie.

Mike



Apr 12, 2014 at 12:18 AM
Charlie Shugart
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Thanks Tam and Mike.
I have mixed emotions about Colorado Springs: Years ago I was drafted and sent to Camp Carson for basic training .
But I met my wife-to-be while I was there .
The Springs is sure a great place, though (unless you're a draftee ).
When males gather their harems, they have to be watchful because sometimes their nubile ladies are curious about getting some "strange."
The lowered head is an indication that the big guy is a bit aggressive.
Urinating on his hind legs and thrashing the bushes with his antlers don't satisfy ALL his horny needs .
Charlie



Apr 12, 2014 at 06:39 PM
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This shot clearly shows the bulls intent Charlie, and nicely captured too ~ Ron


Apr 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM





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