Sometimes the most amazing things happen when you aren't paying attention..
I was sitting at golden hour waiting for a Great Horned Owl to come to a perch that I was sure was a perch
The wind was blowing my scent towards the perch but away from where the cow moose was giving birth.. I heard a sound and looked behind me just in time to see the calf right after his mother had just finished giving him a bath(tongue)
We are in central Alberta at Elk Island National Park and it is spring time
The cow would have become pregnant sometime during the fall usually September through October
The word moose comes from the Algonquin Eastern Abenaki name Moz, roughly rendered in English as "twig eater"
The mother will chase a young bull away after approximately one and one half years but a female calf can stay with it's mom for several years. The cow will not send her away, if a female calf does leave the herd of it's mother it usually remains close by her mothers herd
This little one is now nine months old if the river didn't rise and the bull managed to leave it alone. There is no river to rise at Elk Island so, we are safe there. I'm not sure about the bull.. hope
The pictures could be better but how often do you get to see that. I was a little excited
The owl did show up, spotted me immediately and left just as fast