|Shy Cow: Canon 5D MK III-500mm F4 ISO 100 1/500 sec. f4.5|
As one would expect, most wildlife activity was very early and very late. If you miss being out there at the crack of dawn, you have missed the best part of the day. The cow above was photographed at 7:41 a.m. and most of the elk had already gone into the woodlands. They spend very little time in direct sunlight at this time of year. If they have not already left before, they tend to leave a meadow soon after the first rays of sun touches it. Fortunately, I did luck out to a certain extent concerning the weather on this trip, as I am told it was extremely hot in elk country the week before, and returned to sweltering temperatures by the weekend, but most of my trip was quite pleasant summer weather, which is to say hot, but not unbearably so. In fact a light sweater felt good on most mornings.
Early in the trip I found that cows and calves were using a secluded meadow quite frequently, and I spent two evenings watching it. On Wednesday evening a group of cows and calves came into range, but some of the adult cows picked me out and barked at me The calf in the photo below raised its' head from grazing and looked at the cow that had just barked.
|Alert Calf In Late Evening: 5D MK III-500mm F4 ISO 400- 1/250 sec., F4.5|
On that note, I must mention that I saw very few other elk watchers or photographers in the mornings, but there was quite a bit of traffic in the evenings. It seems that interest is higher this month than what it was in June.
Originally published at Pennsylvania Wildlife Photographer by Willard Hill.