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ALPHA MALE - "The Boxley Stud"

2010.10.21
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During the rutting (mating) season, this young bull elk named "Pretty Boy" bugles to attract a mate and establish his own herd. This guy was pretty impressive with his vocal talents!
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But, wait...who's that other bull elk bugling over there?
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Just as Pretty Boy thinks he's got it made, out of the woods arrives the "Alpha Male", named the "Boxley Stud", the big daddy of the herd!
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He promptly chases the would-be king back into the woods!
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Now it's back to business for the "Stud"...
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...protecting the family.
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And wouldn't you know? Another coup attempt by a really young male, who quickly runs away from the "Main Man" in the herd!
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The Alpha Male keeps his family together by herding up cows who've strayed off from his group.
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With all his work done, it's time for a little bugling by the Boxley Stud himself!! "I'm the Alpha Male!"
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This week we stopped by a field near the Buffalo River to watch an elk herd that appears around dusk. I thought these shots from about 250 yards turned out pretty well, considering that I shot them in low light with my hand-held Nikon P100, zoomed out to 26x. The late evening sun really gave their coats a lot of bronzed color!
28 Comments
????? Fantastic! ahhhhh....there is nothing like an alpha male!
????? · 2010-10-20: 19:22
????? Awesome! I have expected to see them locking horns.
Can't wait to see the captions!
????? · 2010-10-20: 19:27
HoosierAtHeART Wow! I would never had realized there was elk in Arkansas!
HoosierAtHeART · 2010-10-20: 19:49
SunFlower1990 Nicely captured!!
SunFlower1990 · 2010-10-20: 19:53
photodeclair beautiful set !
photodeclair · 2010-10-20: 19:54
DancingDolphin Jezz... aren't you glad 'real men' don't act like this!!? :-)
DancingDolphin · 2010-10-20: 19:57
jtnelso Great shots, Mom! I'm hoping to see these guys on Saturday. You can learn their names on Arkansas Wildlife Photography.
jtnelso · 2010-10-20: 20:09
photosbydebbie As always great shots girl! I post 5 little deer on "Highways and Byways" and you get the Big Boys....kinda pales in comparison....LOL! Would have loved to of seen this.
photosbydebbie · 2010-10-20: 20:24
JustGarden Fantastic set, Brenda. Thanks for all the information. Are these elks protected?
JustGarden · 2010-10-20: 21:30
bandg8 Nice set !
bandg8 · 2010-10-20: 22:48
threepeas Very nice job...especially in low light! I've seen elk on the north coast of California but I've never witnessed such behavior...that must've been interesting!
threepeas · 2010-10-20: 23:14
karmankwarner Very Nice captures.
karmankwarner · 2010-10-20: 23:31
catdad Great set!! Some really good looking Elk! cd
catdad · 2010-10-20: 23:57
darfoster It's a wonderful sight to see and you got some fabulous shots!
darfoster · 2010-10-21: 00:16
Kozuka Awesome! well done.
Kozuka · 2010-10-21: 01:38
RayNvb Great set and story. Realy good shots considering your situation.
RayNvb · 2010-10-21: 06:17
????? Amazing captures, they came all to greet you :) Luck, and yoy recorded so very well Brenda!
????? · 2010-10-21: 06:43
Lynda Great set
Lynda · 2010-10-21: 08:00
ArtBee Excellent captures Brenda! Close enough to catch the action...far enough to not become part of the action.....haha
ArtBee · 2010-10-21: 09:36
cariad Fantastic...amazing creatures well captured :)
cariad · 2010-10-21: 10:13
Ole365 Incredible set!
Ole365 · 2010-10-21: 17:21
MoMac Love your commentary and fantastic shots on the antics of the herd.
MoMac · 2010-10-21: 17:31
lgnelson Great series, and a great evening to watch the elk at Boxley!
lgnelson · 2010-10-21: 19:20
gonia excellent again!how pretty!
gonia · 2010-10-22: 13:45
onlyricky oh brenda, you made me smile with this set! :)
this is what i call a stud! lol ;)
onlyricky · 2010-10-22: 15:09
beth0110 Brenda! I always love your imagination and creativity :) these really turned out great.
beth0110 · 2010-10-22: 18:34
wildduck Fantastic set!
wildduck · 2010-10-23: 08:33
lynnsgallery2 AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! You captured some wonderful images :))
lynnsgallery2 · 2010-10-24: 20:11
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