ALPHA MALE - "The Boxley Stud"

by Brenda Nelson October. 21, 2010 4131 views

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!

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!

But, wait…who's that other bull elk bugling over there?

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!

He promptly chases the would-be king back into the woods!

Now it's back to business for the “Stud”…

…protecting the family.

And wouldn't you know? Another coup attempt by a really young male, who quickly runs away from the “Main Man” in the herd!

The Alpha Male keeps his family together by herding up cows who've strayed off from his group.

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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Lynn 6 years, 11 months ago

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! You captured some wonderful images :))

6 years, 11 months ago Edited
Andrea 6 years, 12 months ago

Fantastic set!

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Beth 6 years, 12 months ago

Brenda! I always love your imagination and creativity :) these really turned out great.

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 12 months ago

oh brenda, you made me smile with this set! :)
this is what i call a stud! lol ;)

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Gonia 6 years, 12 months ago

excellent again!how pretty!

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Larry Nelson 6 years, 12 months ago

Great series, and a great evening to watch the elk at Boxley!

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 12 months ago

Love your commentary and fantastic shots on the antics of the herd.

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Ole Kristian Valle 6 years, 12 months ago

Incredible set!

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Kate 6 years, 12 months ago

Fantastic...amazing creatures well captured :)

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Art Bee 6 years, 12 months ago

Excellent captures Brenda! Close enough to catch the action...far enough to not become part of the action.....haha

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 12 months ago

Great set

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Ray King 6 years, 12 months ago

Great set and story. Realy good shots considering your situation.

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Nagy László 6 years, 12 months ago

Awesome! well done.

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Darlene Foster 6 years, 12 months ago

It's a wonderful sight to see and you got some fabulous shots!

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 6 years, 12 months ago

Great set!! Some really good looking Elk! cd

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Karman 6 years, 12 months ago

Very Nice captures.

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Threepeas 6 years, 12 months ago

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!

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Lachio Chang 6 years, 12 months ago

Nice set !

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Joe 6 years, 12 months ago

Fantastic set, Brenda. Thanks for all the information. Are these elks protected?

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Photosbydebbie 6 years, 12 months ago

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.

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
John Nelson 6 years, 12 months ago

Great shots, Mom! I'm hoping to see these guys on Saturday. You can learn their names on [b][url=http://arkansaswildlifephotography.com/2010_elk_gallery_3.html]Arkansas Wildlife Photography[/url][/b].

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Jacki 6 years, 12 months ago

Jezz... aren't you glad 'real men' don't act like this!!? :-)

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Claire 6 years, 12 months ago

beautiful set !

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Kaitlyn 6 years, 12 months ago

Nicely captured!!

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 6 years, 12 months ago

Wow! I would never had realized there was elk in Arkansas!

6 years, 12 months ago Edited
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