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ALPHA MALE - "The Boxley Stud"

  • Posted Oct. 21, 2010 by Brenda Nelson Viewed 4031 times

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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!

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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    • # Beth

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

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    • # Ricardo

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

      2010.10.22 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Moira

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

      2010.10.21 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Artbee

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

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    • # Ray

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

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    • # 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!

      2010.10.21 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Joe

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

      2010.10.21 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # 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.

      2010.10.21 Edited Reply Cancel