I have not participated in Camera Critters since September 4th, but have devoted the blog since that time to writing about Pennsylvania's Elk herd and other items of interest about the area that the elk inhabit as this is the time of year that interest in the herd peaks. In addition, I was in Pennsylvania's Elk Country from September 19th until October 1st, filming and photographing the elk and researching various issues which I hope to address in the near future, so for the present the blog will continue to focus on the Pennsylvania Elk Herd. I have been unable to reply to e-mails or post during this time as I did not have internet access in the field.
This was not one of the best trips I have had as elk are not particularly active on hot days and it was quite hot at times. Also there was quite a bit of heavy rain, which forced one to remain closer to the vehicle than I would have preferred. I also concentrated primarily on shooting video, so many of the best still photo opportunities were missed, but in spite of this there were some outstanding encounters. One of these was with a large non-typical bull.
|Non-Typical Bull, "Crazy Legs Jr." Pursues Cows: Canon 7D 500mmF4|
|"Crazy Legs Jr". 2008: Canon 40D 300mmF4|
It is not certain where that bull spent the rut of 2009, although many speculate that a large bull with deformed antlers was in fact this bull and that perhaps the antlers were smaller because of damaging them in an accident.
|"Crazy Legs Jr." 2009?: Canon 40D 70-200mm F2.8|
|"Crazy Legs Jr." Pauses To Bugle While Chasing Cows: Canon 7D 500mm F4|
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Originally posted on Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.